Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter asked for a job from a timber merchant, and he got it. The pay was really good and so were the work conditions. For that reason, the woodcutter was determined to do his best.
His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was supposed to work. The first day, the woodcutter brought eighteen trees.
“Congratulations,” the boss said. “Go on in this way!”
Very motivated by the boss´ words, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he could only bring fifteen trees. The third day he tried even harder, but he only could bring ten trees. Day after day he
was bringing lesser and lesser trees.
“I must be losing my strength”, the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on.
“When was the last time you sharpened your axe?” the boss asked. “Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees”, said the woodcutter.
Moral of the story:
Our lives are like that. We sometimes get so busy that we don´t take time to sharpen the axe. In today´s world, it seems that everyone is busier than ever, but less happy than ever. Why is that?
Could it be that we have forgotten how to stay sharp?
There’s nothing wrong with activity and hard work. But God doesn’t want us to get so busy that we neglect the truly important things in life, like taking time to pray and to read. We all need time to relax,
to think and chant, to learn and grow.
If we don’t take time to sharpen the axe, we will become dull and lose our effectiveness. So start TODAY, The only way by which you can do your job more effectively and add a lot of value to it is by proper PRACTICE and CULTIVATION.