Pencil People

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“Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourself to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to Him as instruments of righteousness.” (Romans 6:13)

It’s interesting what we receive in emails at times, isn’t it? I received one explaining how similar we are to pencils. As I read the list of ways, I could see just how true that statement was.

For instance, many times I can correct my mistakes much like using a pencil eraser. I can’t change my past, but I can rectify it.

Like a pencil, I can “leave my mark,” but as a child of God, I want that mark to always glorify God in some way. Sometimes it might be just a small thing, but my mark will count for something, because God will use it for good.

Like a pencil, it is what is on the “inside” of me that matters most. I can harbor bitterness, intolerance, and things that make me miserable. Or, I can harbor kindness, love, peace, and so much more that will make my life, and other’s lives much more enjoyable and meaningful.

Like a pencil I have to go through painful sharpening in order to be usable. How like my daily life this is! As we all know, when we are called to endure physical, emotional and other types of painful “sharpenings,” we usually come out stronger, better people.

The Bible reminds us many times that we have to be put “through the fire” in order to come out as pure gold. As we all know, God never wastes our pain. He uses us just as we are. That was proven many times and in many ways with people in God’s Word, and He does the same with us today.

Like a pencil, I can do great things if I allow “Someone” to hold me in His hand. This part meant so much to me. Just knowing that God is holding me in His mighty, powerful hand confirms in my mind that He is getting ready to use me in a powerful way . . . in spite of what my body might be telling me. There’s a song called “Keep Me Safe ‘Til the Storm Passes By,” and one line of the chorus says, “Hold me fast, let me stand, in the hollow of Thy hand.” So, not only does He “use” us when He holds us in His hand, but it is a place of safety, comfort, and peace.

Just a simple pencil! Who would have thought we would have so much in common? “Pencil People,” let’s do our best to use our illnesses and problems to “leave a noticeable mark” that will show the world what an awesome God we serve!

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for using life’s difficult challenges to shape us into the people You’ve created us to be. Help me, Lord, to leave an acceptable mark for You!

About the Author:
Alice Ervin lives in Ohio, loves serving the Lord in the many and various ways He brings to her in spite of having so many physical limitations. She struggles daily, and just yesterday was diagnosed with yet another problem that can change her life drastically. But God has never let her down, and she has faith that He won’t this time.

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