I want to share the following story with you. I received it from the School of Service and Leadership Newsletter (Indiana Wesleyan University).
As the old tale goes, there was once a woodcutter who asked for a job from a timber merchant. Gratefully, he was hired. On his first day, the woodcutter worked hard and cut down 18 trees. The timber merchant was impressed with the woodcutter and encouraged him to do better the next day. The woodcutter worked harder than he had the previous day, but only cut down 12 trees. The third day, the woodcutter worked even harder, but only managed to cut down 8 trees. The timber merchant was disappointed with the woodcutter and threatened to fire him if he did not produce better results. By the end of the week, the woodcutter had worked harder than ever, but never managed to cut down more than 5 trees. The timber merchant had to let the woodcutter go. As the woodcutter was leaving, the timber merchant noticed his axe. Upon further examination, the timber merchant asked, “When was the last time you sharpened your axe?” The woodcutter replied, “Why, I have never sharpened my axe. I have been too busy trying to cut down enough trees.” The moral of the story is that you should never become too busy to take the time to sharpen your axe.
Before Abraham Lincoln became one of America’s greatest presidents, he was a skilled woodcutter. He said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
How good are you at keeping your axe sharp? If you are not spending time alone with God on a regular basis ... reading and meditating on his word ... praying and listening ... then your axe is getting more and more dull as each day passes. How about spending some time today sharpening your axe.