If your life is like mine, one word would describe it pretty well: busy. Yes, we’re committed women—to our families and workplace. But how can we do it all?
The answer: We can’t.
I’m often reminded of a story about a young lumberjack who was hired because he was strong and loyal to his tasks. I’ll call him Joe.
The first month after Joe was hired, he cut down more trees than anyone else. When the other lumberjacks took breaks, he didn’t. He skipped lunch and worked until there was no longer light.
As time went by, Joe’s production began to dwindle. Realizing that he was not taking breaks, his boss confronted him about the need to pause from the hectic pace of chopping trees. Joe paid no attention to the suggestion. He claimed that he didn’t have time to relax.
Before long, the boss once again came up to Joe and put his arm around his shoulder. The young man imagined words of commendation about his diligent work. But rather than praise, his boss said that his services were no longer needed.
“You are firing me?” Joe uttered in disbelief. “Haven’t I worked longer and harder than anyone else?”
“Yes, you have,” was the response. “But you didn’t take time to sharpen your ax!”
You see, the foreman knew that a dull ax meant fewer downed trees and a potential deadly accident. Not a good situation to be in.
Often I need to pull away from life’s activities and sharpen my ax. And quite frankly, that’s easier said than done. What about you?
I’ve found that there’s no better way to sharpen an “ax” than to spend some quiet time alone with God.
I have a little card that says, “The task before me is never greater than the power within me.” When the power within me is me, that’s not much power. But when the power within me is God, now that’s another matter!
He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit.
Adapted from Help for Busy Moms: Purposeful Living to Simplify Life. © 2008 by Mary May Larmoyeux.
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