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A Lesson from Pencils

Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. (Isaiah 64:8)

Parable of the Pencil

Author Unkown

The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box. There are 5 things you need to know, he told the pencil, before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be.

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

2. You can always correct the mistakes that you make.

3. The most important part of you will always be on the inside.4. In life, you will undergo painful sharpenings, which will only make you better.

5. Everything you do will always leave a mark.
Here are steps to apply it to your life:

1. You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God’s hand.

2. You will be able to correct mistakes you might make or grow through them.

3. The most important part of you will always be what’s on the inside.

4. You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems, but you’ll need it to become a stronger person.

5. On every surface you walk, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to serve God in everything.

By understanding and remembering, let us proceed with our life on this earth having a meaningful purpose in our heart and a relationship with God daily. (Author Unknown)
“If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” (Psalm 37:23-24)

Read more of Isaiah 64

Dear Father God, I’m so grateful that Your hand holds my life.  You are the One who molds me and makes me into all that I will become.  May I continue to remember this analogy of the pencil and know that I am forever in Your hand!  Even the painful sharpenings are worth the pain, when I consider that each sharpening gets me closer to being all that You want me to be!

In My Maker’s Hand,


2 replies
  1. mom
    mom says:

    Wow that is awesome, I have been sharpened a few times myself but your right it makes us who we are and its awful hard not to want to get out the eraser and erase the mistakes and pain but than God’s perfect plan would not be in our lives. Thanks for sharing love it

    • Sarah
      Sarah says:

      I like this analogy too. It’s pretty powerful. I know I’ve been sharpened a few times myself. I’m with you on the whole eraser thing. But that’s why I’m so glad that God promises to bring good through all things!

      “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” ~Romans 8:28


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