You and the pencil
A boy was watching his grandmother writing a letter. Suddenly, he asked: “Are you writing about something that happened to us? Is it about me?”
The woman stopped and said to the boy: “I am writing about you, indeed. But you know, this pencil I’m using is more important than the words. I’d love you to be like it when you grow up.”
The boy looked at the pencil but he didn’t see anything special about it. “It’s just like any old pencil I’ve seen before!”
“It all depends on the way you look at things. It’s got five qualities like you, and if you can keep them for yourself, you will always be a person who makes a difference.
You can do great things, but you should never forget that there’s a hand that guides your feet. That’s the hand of God, and you should always allow Him to guide you according to His will.
Sometimes, I have to stop what I am doing to sharpen the pencil. This might hurt the pencil a little bit, but in the end it becomes sharper. So learn to handle pain, because it can turn you into a better person.
A pencil always allows us to use an eraser to erase what is wrong. You should understand that to correct something that we’ve done wrong is not necessarily bad; instead, it keeps us on the path of righteousness.
What really matters in a pencil is not the wood or the shape, but the graphite that is inside. So, always pay attention to what happens inside of you.
It always leaves a mark. In the same way, know that everything you do in life will leave a mark, so be mindful of your actions.”
“Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.”