“If the ax is dull, and one does not sharpen the edge, then he must use more strength; But wisdom brings success.”
Sharpen your axe prior to any wood cutting session. Axe-sharpening should not be only an annual event. When cutting wood, frequently stop and run your finger along the edge of the axe to assess its sharpness.
If you are working too hard to chop the wood, this can physically take a toll on you. I am convinced that way too many of us are trying to get through this life with a dull axe, which is very dangerous and fatiguing. As born-again believers we are to trust in the Lord, to walk by faith, and to pray.
The key to success in our Christian life comes through prevailing prayer. Prayer is the key to keeping our axe head sharp. And through prayer we can ask and have it given, we can seek and find it and knock have the door opened.
Keep Your Axe Sharp
The story is told of two lumberjacks – an older and a younger – both known for their expertise and speed. The younger challenged the older to a contest to see who could cut down the most trees in one day.
The contest began. The younger man, with his vim, vigor and vitality, began in earnest chopping down one tree after another without stopping. He soon noticed that the older lumberjack chopped trees for one hour then took a fifteen-minute break.
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 than I did cutting nonstop all day?” The older lumberjack responded, ”Because when I stopped, I sharpened my ax.”
If you’re going to chop down trees you have to keep your axe sharpened and if you are going to see the powerful move of God in your life, you must keep your prayer life sharpened.
The story of a woodcutter
Once upon a time, a very strong woodcutter asked for a job in a timber merchant and he got it. The pay was really good and so was the work condition. For those reasons, 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 18 trees.
”Congratulations,” the boss said. ”Go on that way!”
Very motivated by the boss’ words, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he could only bring 15 trees. The third day he tried even harder, but he could only bring 10 trees. Day after day he was bringing less and less 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”
I challenge us to pray! When we don’t feel like praying, pray more. When we think we’ve prayed too much, pray even more, to keep our axe head sharp