In his autobiography, Benjamin Franklin tells of a man who bought an axe from the local blacksmith. The man wanted his new axe to be bright and shiny.
He wanted the whole blade to be as shiny as its cutting edge. The blacksmith consented to do this for him, provided that he provide the man power to turn the wheel while he was grinding. It was a long, wearisome job. The blacksmith paused to examine the progress, and the purchaser had a little relief from turning the wheel.
Then the smith said “Turn on; turn on. It is still speckled, but we will soon have it bright.”
“Yes,” agreed the exhausted buyer, “It is speckled, but I think I’ll be content with a speckled axe.”
How many times do we as Christians set about our ministry, wanting to see a ‘bright, shiny, axe’?
We long for a bright, shiny experience, but do we stick at the task, even when it gets difficult or tedious, or the results we wanted are too slow coming? Do we become satisfied with a mediocre or ‘speckled axe’ result?
What about our personal ‘quiet time’ with the Lord?
Did we once determine a regular reading system, maybe keeping a journal and having a set devotion time and look forward to that time as a ‘bright, shiny experience’? Have we let things slip a little, becoming satisfied with less: with a ‘speckled axe’ time?
What about our resolve to speak to at least one person about the Lord each time we go to the shopping centre?
Now that is a very bright, shiny experience; but have we let it slip sometimes and failed to look for that lonely woman sitting on the bench, or that mother having trouble with a crying child? (Or for workers, similar experiences at work or in the lunch break) Have we missed God’s opportunity to show His love to a needy person?
Sayings from Mr Anon:
I am going DOWNHILL
when I find my work is equal to my abilities.
Unless we attempt to do MORE than we CAN do,
we will NEVER do ALL we CAN do.
He who aims at EXCELLENCE will be above mediocrity:
he who aims at MEDIOCRITY will be far short of it.
NO disciple can be EXCUSED if he does not have ZEAL.
If a disciple’s heart is not aflame with a re-hot passion for the Saviour
and for His service, he is without excuse.
2 Timothy 2:15
Study to show yourself approved unto God,
a workman who needs not to be ashamed
1 Corinthians 15:58
Be steadfast, unmoveable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as you know,
your labour is not in vain in the Lord.