We Are All Just Pencils

Once upon a time a pencil maker once lived in a far away land.  The pencil maker made beautiful pencils.  His hands were very skilled and even though over the course of his life he had made millions of pencils, he loved each pencil because he had made them with great care and great love. 

One day the pencil maker was carefully looking over one of the pencils he had just made.  The pencil maker told the pencil 5 important lessons just before putting the pencil back in the box:

Everything you do will always leave a mark.

Whenever a pencil is used, it leaves a mark.  The mark will fade in time, but the mark is there none the less.  The more we use the pencil, the more marks it will make.  Eventually though, the pencil will be used up and it will no longer have any more marks to leave. 

We are the same in this regards.  While we live out lives here on earth, we leave our marks.  These can be good or bad marks depending on what we do.  We can also choose how many marks we leave.  We can lead a life full of significance leaving very few marks or we can leave many marks and leave a great legacy.  Eventually though, our pencils will be used up and we will leave this earth being unable to leave any more marks on it.  It will be up to other people, who you have hopefully influenced, to carry on leaving good marks on this earth.

You can always correct the mistakes you make.

Pencils are made with erasers.  If you make a mistake, you can use the eraser to erase the mark and then make a new mark.  The mark that you originally intended to make.

We are the same way.  There are times that we will do things that we did not intend to do.  While we can’t change the past, we can go back and ask for forgiveness for the mistakes we make.  If we are given a new day, we can use it to correct our mistakes we have made in the past by not making those mistakes again.

What is important is what is inside of you.

The wood on the outside of the pencil has very little purpose other than to protect the graphite on the inside of the pencil.  The graphite is what is important.  It is what leaves the mark, not the wood surrounding it.

It is the same way with us.  Our outside will age and become less beautiful with time, but it is what is inside of us that is of most importance.  It is what is inside of us that we use to leave our mark.  Our marks decorate this world and they are a direct reflection of what is inside our heart, mind, and soul. 

In life, you will undergo painful sharpenings, which will only make you better.

With a pencil, if you never sharpen it, it will work for a while, but eventually there will be no more graphite exposed and it will no longer be able to leave a mark.  The pencil will still have graphite inside of it, but it is of no good use because it can’t leave a mark.  By regularly sharpening the pencil, you keep the graphite exposed and sharp and the pencil is able to leave it mark very distinctly.

As it is with us, we need trials to come into our lives and sharpen our senses.  To make us aware of our shortcomings so we can realize that we need to do things differently.  Without these struggles, we will never reach our full potential.  Lets be thankful for tough times that come into our lives and know that they will keep us razor-sharp and allow us to live the lives that we were intended to live.

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

Pencils can’t write by themselves.  They require someone to pick them up and us them.  It is a perfect symbiotic relationship.  The pencil is capable of making beautiful art, but only if someone takes the pencil and writes with it.

It is the same way with us.  We are capable of doing amazing things.  Beautiful things.  If we are trying to write our life by ourselves, we will be very limited as to the type of mark we can create.  We can create a mark, but it will usually end up looking very uninspiring.  If we allow God into our lives and allow God to have control of our lives, it will take us to places that we had never known were possible.  We will make more beauty during our time on earth than we ever thought was possible.  Allow yourself to be handled by the hand of God and what we can do is endless.

If you could not already tell, the pencil maker in this parable is God and we are the pencils.  God creates all of us and despite the millions upon millions of people He has created, He loves each of us and wants to have an intimate relationship with each one of us.

We all need to be constantly sharpened.  This parable may encourage you to know that you are a special person, with unique God-given talents and abilities.  Only you can fulfill the purpose which you were born to accomplish.  Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot be changed and, like the pencil, always remember that the most important part of who you are, is what’s inside of you and then allow yourself to be guided by the hand of God.

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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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One Response to We Are All Just Pencils

  1. Stephanie says:

    Great analogies in this. I knew there was a reason I’ve always liked the way pencil writes! =)

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