Sharpening your axe?

December 10, 2018

 

My friend, may I ask you a question? When it comes to your daily walk with God, how prepared are you? Did you take the time today to sharpen up on who and what you are relative to your God? Or, have spiritual shortcuts begun to take a bite out of your day?

 

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

 

 

I like being prepared for things but I've often yielded to the temptation of not taking the time needed to be so. Here’s an example. A number of years ago Holly and I decided to take down a few dead trees at the far end of our property. I got out the tractor, hitched the trailer, loaded my chainsaw, gear oil, fuel, splitting maul, wedges and gloves. I was prepared. I looked down into the trailer and felt satisfied that I had everything necessary to bring down a tree, cut it up and split it. Only one problem, not having cleaned my saw properly after the last cutting, the channel supplying oil to the chain guide was clogged. As I began cutting, the friction built up on the chain rail causing the chain to bind and then jump the rail. I had all the proper equipment but I really wasn't prepared properly. I conquered little in the next hour or so as I headed back to the garage to fix what I hadn't prepared properly in the first place. 

 

When it comes to your daily walk with God, how prepared are you? Did you take the time today to sharpen up on who and what you are relative to your God? Or, have spiritual shortcuts begun to take a bite out of your day?

 

Here's a story: There's an old story told about two woodcutters who were in a forest. They were being paid commission for every log that they chopped. Both of them were ambitious and wanted to out do the other. One of the woodcutters spent all day chopping logs, without taking a break. He supposed that if he continued working, he would be able get more logs done than his rival. The second woodcutter took a break every hour for five minutes. At the end of the day, he had taken ten breaks. The first woodcutter believed that he had outpaced his rival, but when it came to tallying the amount of logs that were actually chopped, the second woodcutter had the largest pile and earned more commission. "How did you do that?" Asked the first woodcutter. "How did you manage to chop more logs than me, with all those breaks?" "Each time, I took a break, " answered the second woodcutter, " I sharpened my axe. It meant I could chop more logs than you in the latter part of the day." (John Stuart) 

 

The same applies to what we do with our spirituality. If we're not taking time to sharpen our souls with prayer, Bible reading and worship, then our connection to God becomes blunt, and our faith is almost useless in times of trial. In midst of all our busyness, we need to take time out to be with God, to focus on Christ, and to be re-sharpened by the Holy Spirit. Snatch some precious moments each hour to ask for guidance, to give Him thanks, and to study Scripture. In doing so, you will discover a new strength and spiritual stamina within you. There's no telling what calamities you might avoid tomorrow by sharpening your relationship with God today. 

 

We pray. Father, fill me with Your Holy Spirit, so that I might become more holy, more godly, more at peace with you as I live for you in Your world. Fill me with your love, so that I might be motivated and empowered by your Spirit to live the life, to talk the talk and to walk the walk you want me to. Enable me by your Spirit to help others come to repentance and faith in you, so that they too might be ready for His coming in glory. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! 

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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