Sharpened Pencils







We all need to be constantly sharpened. This parable may encourage you to know that you are a special person, with unique  God-given talents and abilities. Only you can fulfill the purpose which you were born to accomplish. Never allow yourself to get discouraged, and think that your life is insignificant and cannot be changed and, like the pencil, always remember that the most important part of who you are, is what’s inside of you! (Quote)
Did you ever stop to think about, how much you have in common with a pencil? Probably not. Like a pencil, everything you do will always leave a mark, but remember, only what you do for Christ will last! In our spiritual walks, we may not always dot every I, and cross every T, but we can correct many of the mistakes we make. We can go boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help, in time of need. At Calvary, the blood of Jesus Christ erased the sins of the world. I John 1:7 says, “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we  have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin. Verse nine says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we are to walk according to the statutes of our Lord and Savior, it is important that we be filled with the Spirit, the precious gift of the Holy Ghost! The Spirit of the Lord must dwell within us, to lead us, and to guide us, into all truth and righteousness. Strive to be filled with the Holy Spirit! We will undergo many painful sharpenings in our walks with the Lord, but those sharpenings, will shave off  those things that are not like Him! Sometimes when we sharpen a pencil, the point will break off, and the pencil has to be sharpened again. Like the pencil, when we are being sharpened, sometimes we may fail the Lord, and become broken inside. However, the Lord will sharpen us again, which will only serve to make us better followers of Him. When a gardener cares for her garden, she up roots the weeds that grow with the beautiful flowers, to prevent damage to the roots. As Romans 6:12 says, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. We must shave off, or eradicate the sin that is in our lives, because the Holy Ghost will not dwell in an unclean temple. Finally, to be the best Christians we can be, we must allow ourselves to be guided by the hand of Almighty God! We must allow Him to mold us, and to make us, into His masterpieces, designed by the hands of the Master! We must allow  God, to mold us into His image. As the potter molds and transforms the clay, allow yourself to be placed on the  Potter’s, wheel, so that you become a one of a kind design, fit for the Master’s use. Just as your hand gracefully guides a pencil across a piece of paper when writing a manuscript, allow the Lord to gracefully guide you through your Christian journey, so that you will fulfill the purpose, that has been placed on your life, by Almighty God. You were designed with a specific purpose in the mind of the Lord,  so relish the fact, that God has you on His mind, and that He is ordering your steps! “Faith can be looked upon, as taking the first step, even  when you don’t see the whole staircase.”  Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” May God bless you abundantly, today and every day!



17 comments on “Sharpened Pencils

  1. Thank you, Paulette!

    Wonderful analogy 🙂

    “We will undergo many painful sharpenings in our walks with the Lord, but those sharpenings, will shave off those things that are not like Him!”
    Come to think of it, I’ve never seen a pencil sharpen itself … Always better to walk in my role and let Him do what He does best. I truly must die to self so that His will is made perfected.

    Not looking forward to the painful processes but will go through them knowing that He works ‘all things together for my good’. I have resisted the sharpening and the guiding many times but in the end, I’ve come to see that He puts me through the process to bring out the best in me. After all “He made me, I did not make myself” …

    Thanks for these important reminders, Minister Paulette. The experiences may be painful but the results will make it all worthwhile.

    God bless you and yours,

    • Hi Ann,

      Yes, we must die daily to self. Sometimes that is a day-to-day process, and even a moment to moment process, with the outcome being, always in right relationship with the Lord. At least, that would be the ultimate goal. That means, allowing nothing to come between our souls and our savior!

      Again, I have to agree with you, about not looking forward to the painful processes. However, He knows what’s best for us, and the plans He has for our lives!

      Thank you, Ann. I always appreciate your thoughtful comments.

      Blessings to you and yours, as well.


  2. Hi Paulette,

    This reminded me of Romans 8:17-18, “…heirs of God and fellow-heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

    Yes, the sharpenings do make us better and more useful to our Lord…. Our Lord knows how to sharpen us…. He’s not like a young elementary student who sharpens his pencil until there’s nothing left of it — just because he likes using the sharpener. :)… God’s sharpening is precise, loving, and wise.


    • Hi Margaret,

      You quoted one of my favorite Scriptures. It is wonderful to know, that if we suffer with Him, we shall reign with Him.

      Thinking back to the days when I was in the classroom, I recall many pencils being turned into stubs. 🙂 However, I’m so glad, that as you said, “Our Lord knows how to sharpen us.” When God is finished sharpening us, we come forth as pure gold! Sharpening, though painful, definitely makes us better!

      As always, I appreciate your insightful input. God bless!


  3. “Beautifully Done”!! Thank God for the power to forgive us and to make needed changes on the inside that will show up shinning on the outside. Jesus has started this great work in us and he will continue until we get home with him Amen. Good encouraging message Paulette I enjoyed the read.
    Love ya 😀 😀

    • Hi Pat,

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m grateful to God, that He cleanses us, from the inside out! Yes, “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

      Thanks so much for your comment. May the Lord bless you, real, real good!


  4. “the Holy Ghost will not dwell in an unclean temple”
    Good line, it ties in with all that the Lord reveals to Solomon in 2 Chronicles 7:11-22. I like the way the Lord comes alongside Solomon some time after the dedication of The Temple(it says “then one night” , and almost appears to whisper into his ear in confidence.

    • Hello Stephen,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to add a comment! Your statement brings to mind, the continuity of the Word of God. Good information. Thanks again, for contributing.

      God bless you!


    • Hello Marie,

      Stay encouraged. As I said to Pat, He which has begun a good work in you, shall perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

      God bless!


  5. Hi Paulette.
    What a wonderful children’s talk this would make – something to which they can relate and will be reminded of when they use their pencils.

    Having said that I hasten to say it is also so very applicable for us “oldies” with so many truths.

    • Hi Angela,

      You are absolutely right. I agree, that this topic would be appropriate, for a very broad spectrum of individuals; adolescents, teens, young adults, and as you said, “oldies”. Sometimes, when a topic is presented simply, the impact is
      greater. God bless!


  6. Paulette,

    Really good lesson about our influence in the lives of others and our relationship with the Lord. I thank the Lord that in alot of ways, I’m like a sharpened pencil.

    But sad to say, in one way I’m more like a pen… there are some mistakes (sins) in my life I can never correct. In some cases, my sins can never be “taken back” or “undone”, I can try to make amends the best I can, but some results of my sins are permanent while here on earth. Much like Adam and Eve, once the fruit was taken, they could never hang in back up on the tree.

    Another great posting,
    Thanks for your time you invest in your blog. It is a blessing.


    • Hi Rob,

      First of all, thank you much for the encouragement. I really appreciate it. Secondly, I understand your point, about you being more like a pen, in some ways. Yes, though God erases our sin, we are definitely not like God, in that we don’t always forgive ourselves, nor do we forget. And yes, some things can never be “taken back.” Thank you for being so open and honest. I believe most individuals, if not all, can look back on a situation, when the results of what has been done, remain permanent.

      Thank you so much. Your comment, is a very good addition to this discussion. Food for thought, indeed. God bless!


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  8. Paulette,

    This was an AWESOME post!! Much needed and so on point!!! WOW!!! After I read it, I thought about the song from Jonathan Dunn featuring Jason Nelson called “Destiny”.
    Thank you so much for writing this!

    Much Love,

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