Today is another “old Gold” for you that was written awhile back! It BLOWS MY MIND how something God teaches us years before can be so easily forgotten and such a perfect timed reminder! I read this Gold and I sat here with goosebumps at how much this truth was needed in my life. My axe has became dull, simple as that! My life right now is as busy as it’s ever been before, I’m wearing more hats and juggling more and more things, so if that’s the case for you too, why would we ever spend time trying to chop down a tree with a dull axe? It sounds dumb right? But unfortunately, myself and most of us a lot of the time get so caught up in the “to-do” of our lives, we lose track of the WHO that has given us this life, that has made the “to-do” possible, and the ONLY One who can keep our axe sharp as we chop away to make a dent in the tree that God has placed in front of us!
I pray and hope more than anything that God will use this message in a mighty way in your life. I pray it encourages you to stop, slow down and spend time with Him to sharpen your axe so we can start chopping down the tree of purpose that God has set before us together in the greatest possible way, with Him, through Him and FOR HIM!!!
“If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.”
These verses opened me up a lot to see that I’ve been swinging an ax with a dull edge, really I’ve been an ax with a dull edge. With upcoming trips, long to do lists and always having somewhere to be I’ve slowly lost focus of what truly matters. Life will do that to you sometimes if you let it. I’ve been so caught up in getting everything done and being everywhere all the time that my personal time with the Lord has become less and less over the last few days so my trust has become more in my strength and less in the Lords. I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced this but I’ve been swinging the ax with all I’ve got, swinging, swinging and not stopping to take a breath and not realizing that with each swing I’m getting weaker, with each swing my ax gets a little less sharp. Not sure what it means by “skill” but I’ve thought about it as our constant focus. Our focus to make sure we stay close to God whether in His Word or in prayer, making sure our ax is sharp and we’re not just out here swinging away not making any dents in the tree. The big word for me lately has been STOP. Take time in my day to stop and spend some time with the Lord no matter how much life is throwing at me. That’s where that skill of becoming sharper takes place. It’s crazy how often I swing my ax and I’m so tired I can’t even see that the tree of life I’m swinging at doesn’t even have a mark on it. I’ll try to take big huge swings to get everything done at once and find myself at the end of my day with barely anything really done and more to do. When we focus in on that personal time with God before we start the day and constantly throughout the day it blows my mind how big the difference is. I’m not nearly as worn out and even if I didn’t check off everything on my to do list, that connection with God keeps me at peace about where I’m at and what I’ve done because it’s easier to notice those swings were in His will, and with His help. I’ve started doing something a little different lately to get rid of my crazy swinging, “I’ve got to get everything done” mentality. I started setting aside little periods of time throughout my day, maybe just 5 or 10 minutes with that time dedicated solely to sharpening my ax and making sure I’m where God wants me, doing what God wants me to do and swinging with Him. It gets overwhelming in our crazy schedules to set try and become sharp all at once so that’s why I said little amounts of time cause it’s easy to see 10 minutes of sharpening with God. Oh, that’s not bad at all I can do that for 10 minutes. It’s the same with working out, reading or whatever daily discipline you want to start doing with more skill and gain better results. It’s little amounts of time done constantly day in and day out and you may not see a difference at first but when it starts compounding over time the results are more visible than ever. It’s easy to make the decision to not sharpen the ax just as easy as it is to make the decision to sharpen it, I know if I stop trying to swing wildly and blindly and focus on that daily sharpening, my relationship with the Lord will become closer and closer and the stuff thrown at me in life becomes easier and easier to deal with cause it’ll be His strength I swing with and His will showing me where and when to swing. If you’re like me, you need to stop swinging so much and check your ax. The Lord gives us this life to live every day and everything we need to be successful in making a kingdom impact through it, we have to decide if we want to keep swinging a dull ax the rest our lives and be so worn out we don’t even realize we’re living. Or we can come to Him constantly to get sharper and sharper, actually living this life He’s given us and living it with purpose and skill to bring glory to His name. Hope all this wild rambling makes sense!