Thursday, June 3, 2010

How sharp is your axe?

There's a story that I'm sure many of you have heard about two loggers going out to the woods to cut down a tree. One takes the time to sharpen his axe, while the other just starts chopping away. The man who sharpened his axe can chop down the tree faster and with less effort than the man with the dull axe.

I was just standing doing the dishes a few minutes ago thinking about how this story can apply to so many different things in life. Here I was scrubbing away and I noticed that I have two sponges, one that I've had awhile and a newer one. The older one has softened over time and doesn't scrub nearly as well as the newer one. I believe that my time/effort is worth the money to buy a new sponge when needed just as the man's time was well spent to sharpen his axe.

It just made me wonder what other parts of my life this can be applied to. Are there other areas where my axe is dull?


Renata said...

What a great story & I hadn't heard it before. I'll be thinking about it...
Have a great weekend

Gayle @ thewestiecrew said...

I haven't heard it either, but it struck me as a spiritual analogy. If we take the time to spend with the Lord in his Word and prayer, we will be much more effective for His kingdom than if we just keep jumping in without it (wearing ourselves out).