The story is told of two lumberjacks – an older and a younger – both known for their expertise and speed. Both were fearless lumberjacks and could clear big trees swiftly out of a forest. One the younger man challenged the older to a contest to see who could cut down the most trees in a day.
The next day the contest began and both men went with their axes and went to work. The younger man, with his vim, vigor and vitality, began in earnest chopping down one tree after another without stopping. One tree after the other fell, both men using their skill with an axe to cut down many trees. About mid-day, the younger man noticed that the older lumberjack chopped trees for about an hour and then took a fifteen-minute break. He laughed that the older man could not keep up with him, needing that break to rest.
At the end of the day when the felled trees were counted, the older lumberjack had chopped down one-third more trees than the younger lumberjack. Puzzled, the younger lumberjack asked the older, “How could you, taking a break every hour, cut down more trees that I did cutting nonstop all day?”
The older lumberjack responded, “Because when I stopped you thought I was taking a break, which I was, but what you didn’t see was me sharpening my axe every time I rested.”
The Moral of the Story: How many of us are trying too do the Lord’s work with dull axes? How many of us are trying to fight off temptations with dull axes? During this Easter season, I challenge you and I to sharpen our spiritual axes for the building up of the body of Christ. Amen.
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Abraham Lincoln