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1121st -- How I'm Like A Pencil


We should always have a humble spirit within ourselves and seek counsel 
when we don't have the answers that we need. We should never believe the 
lie that we know it all and that no man can teach us anything new because 
if we are honest with ourselves we will always find ourselves lacking in 
areas where we have little or no experience. We can elevate our life to 
greater heights when we sit at the feet of those who have already traveled 
down the road that we are beginning and when we humble ourselves and seek 
their knowledge our life will also be blessed and we will be elevated to 
even greater heights than we ever thought or imagined. Proverbs 27:17 
declares “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” We help 
each other become better when we share with one another the lessons we've 
learned, the knowledge we've attained and we encourage one another to aim 
higher and to dream bigger when we gain in wisdom and understanding.

We must remember that life is all about learning and teaching. When we 
know better we do better and when we know how to do better, we can impart 
our wisdom into someone else's life so that they can also be better and 
help someone else down the road. Let us see the benefits of rising 
higher, of becoming better and of continually learning something new 
because when we are imparted with wisdom, our life gets elevated to 
greater heights where we will be able to lift others up along with us. 
Just as we would like to be the beneficiaries of blessings, we can also 
impart the blessings we've attained into the lives of those around us. Be 
encouraged to see how beneficial your life can be to yourself and to 
others when you receive an impartation of wisdom and understanding that 
you had not known before.

I hope this message encourages and challenges your heart to see how 
beneficial your life can be when you use all of it to the best of your 


It occurs to me that I have a lot in common with a pencil. That's right –
a simple and humble little pencil. Not the fancy mechanical kind. That's 
too high maintenance for me. And I'm not as showy as a plume pen or as 
smooth as a ball point. I don't live in bold strokes like a heavy marker. 
But I'm a lot like a pencil. Here's how:

Like a pencil, I have a built-in eraser. I can correct my mistakes. No, I 
can't change the past, but I can make it right again. And if I can't erase 
history (after all, what's done is done) I can at least erase a great deal 
of guilt and anger with forgiveness.

Like a pencil, I do better if I'm sharpened once in a while. My mind and 
skills grow dull without occasional honing. Even my spirit and attitudes 
need refining if I'm to be at my best. And there is something else, too. I 
find that the difficulties of life wear away at me, and they can either 
grind me down or shape me into a person who is more capable and creative. 
The sharpening I get from living through tough times is often painful, but 
I know it can make me a better person.

Pencils work best in a skilled hand. And like a pencil, I can do some 
pretty terrific things with a little guidance. Other people bring out the 
best in me, and with the help of others, I can do far more than I ever can 

Like a pencil, I should leave my mark whenever possible. I too often 
underestimate my influence on another. I have daily opportunities to leave 
something good behind. That is what it means to leave my mark. It may be 
in small ways, it may be in the lives of people I love, people I have 
touched or nurtured, or even in incidental conversations struck with 
strangers. But, I have a mark to leave and should use every opportunity to 
leave something good behind.

Like a pencil, it is what is on the inside that matters. A pencil without 
lead is useless. And a yellow pencil will not do when a black or red 
pencil is called for. What is on the inside is all important. My outer 
appearance matters less than I probably think, while it's the stuff on the 
inside that folks notice about me. Whether it is understanding or 
intolerance, love or bitterness, peace or unrest, kindness or 
self-centeredness, hope or despair, courage or fear, what is on the inside 
matters most.

A pencil works best on paper or canvass. It will never leave its mark on 
water and will wear itself down against a mirror. I do best knowing my 
strengths and limitations. I can't do everything well and that is okay. 
There is still plenty of good to be done by doing what I do best.

And finally, like a pencil, the biggest part of my purpose in this life 
can be summed up in three words: to be useful. When I'm too broken to hold 
together, when everything is ground away or worn away, when I no longer 
have anything to contribute, I know my life is coming to an end.

Like I said, I have a lot in common with a pencil.

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Proverbs 4:7-8 “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and 
with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote 
thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.”

Ecclesiastes 1:13-14 “And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom 
concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath 
God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith. I have seen all 
the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and 
vexation of spirit.”

Proverbs 13:18-20 “Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth 
instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured. The desire 
accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to 
depart from evil. He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a 
companion of fools shall be destroyed.”

Psalm 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the 
ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of 
the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law 
doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the 
rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf 
also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today's Selected Poem: HARD TIMES
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem69.htm

Today's Selected Testimony: HE HAS A PURPOSE FOR US
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony153.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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