Sharpen Your Axe

55 days into the new year, how are you doing? Are you crushing your goals and resolutions? If so, well done to you, keep up the good work. If you’ve begun to waiver, if you're beginning to feel the pressure and contemplating throwing in the towel hold fire. It’s time to sharpen your axe.

The story is told of a young man who was hired as a logger, chopping down trees in the forest. When the foreman saw him at work on the first day, he was highly impressed with the young man's speed, strength and skill. But as the week went on his performance became less and less impressive. After a couple weeks he was only able to chop down a fraction of the trees every day that he had been able to in the beginning. 

Finally, the foreman approached him and said, “Son, you started out so well, but recently, you have been falling behind. Unless you are able to get your numbers up, we are going to have to let you go.” “I don’t understand,” the young man said, “I’ve been working just as hard and even harder than I did in the beginning. I can’t figure out why my numbers keep going down.” 

“How often do you sharpen your axe?” The foreman asked. “I don’t” replied the young man, “I’m too busy.”

You know my friends, staying sharp doesn’t happen automatically. It’s something that we need to consciously invest in. How often do you take time to rest, to study, to pray to sharpen yourself? If your reply is that you’re too busy for those things, then you’re simply too busy. Your failure to sharpen your axe will cost you in the long run. But if you’ll take the time to get sharp, you’ll be more productive and more fruitful all while expending less time and energy. It’s an investment in yourself that’s worth making. 

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