A pencil maker told the pencil 5 important lessons just before putting it in the box:

1. Everything you do will always leave a mark.

2. You can always correct the mistakes you make.

3. What is important is what is inside of you.

4.In life, you will undergo painful sharpenings, which will only make you better.

5. To be the best pencil, you must allow yourself to be held and guided by the Hand that holds you.

We all need to be constantly sharpened.  This parable may encourage you to know that you are a special person, with unique God-given talents and abilities.  Only you can fulfill  the purpose which you were born to accomplish.  Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot be changed and, like the pencil, always remember that the most important part of who you are, is what’s inside of you and then allow yourself to b guided by the Hand of God.


“Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil…There’s no point to it.”

Mother Teresa said, “I am like a little pencil in God’s hand.  He does the writing.  The pencil has nothing to do with it.”

I love that poem by Edgar A. Guest, “”I’d Rather See A Sermon”

“I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.
The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear.
And the best of all preachers are the men who live their creeds.
For to see good put in action is what everybody needs.
I soon can learn to do it if you’ll let me see it done.
I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.
And the lecture you deliver may be very wise and true.
But I’d rather get my lessons by observing what you do.
For I might misunderstand you and the high advice you give.
But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.”

 Oh, if we could just put ourselves in the hand of God and let Him do with us what He would.  We are writing a story with our lives.   What kind of story are we writing? 

3 Responses to “PENCIL IN GOD”S HAND”

  1. Dear Max, It’s amazing how His words come to us at just the right time in our lives. Thanks for a great devotional.
    Your friend, Mark

  2. Max
    Great devotion. I’d like to share this in my weekly devotion for our church newsletter. I’ll give you credit! Thanks for sharing always!
    Blessings to you and Joann!
    – David

  3. Max Thank you for this reminder. I hope and Pray that I am Living in a way that others will see Jesus in me ! Thank you for all the study and work you do to send out these words that bless so me !
    Love and Prayers, Joann

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