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The Pencil A pencil maker told the pencil five important lessons just before putting it into the box: 1. Everything you do will leave a mark. 2. You can always correct the mistakes you make. 3. What is important 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 hands that hold you.
And my comment follows:
I have a few more:
1. You can't make a good point until you are sharpened.
2. You can't depend on yesterday's sharpening. You have to keep returning for sharpening.If you work as hard as I expect, you'd need quite frequent sharpening. The Pencil that needs no sharpening never gets used.
3. You are made for a purpose. If you are HB, be content and trust my plan for you. Don't waste time trying to be 2B, 3B or any other xB. Make the best of what an HB pencil does and more importantly, make the best of my purposes for you. Your work will be reckoned according to what an HB should accomplish.
4. Someday, your length of days will run out and all you have left is your work.
5. I have provided you an eraser. But you actually have to use it. Some people call it redemption in the name of Jesus.
5. You don't have to scrawl aimlessly just so that eraser can abound. If you spend your life scrawling and erasing, at the end, you will be like a forgotten dream. Spend your short length of days to write things that endure.
6. Erasing your mistake is one thing. But restoring the length of graphite you lost in aimless scrawling is another. Be wise. SELAH!
7. Even after erasing your mistakes, some of the mistakes can leave a mark on the paper. Be careful because the consequence of your mistake can live on in the world you foray even after you are forgiven.
8. If you are used for a very horrible purpose... Like being used to stab people in the eye ..., you cannot erase some of the outcome of that. Then you could even be locked away and may be destroyed, never to be a useful pencil again.
9. Even when you mean well, and have all the great ideas you want to write down, don't scratch so hard or you will tear the very paper on which you want to leave your mark. Do not be so zealous as to destroy the very script you are making.
10. Have a nice life and a nice journey. See you on the day of reckoning. Your maker.