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Have You Sharpened Your Axe ??



A young man approached the foreman of a logging crew and asked for a job.

"That depends," replied the foreman. "Let's see you fell this tree." The
Young man stepped forward and skillfully felled a great tree. Impressed,
The foreman exclaimed, "You can start Monday."

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday rolled by. Thursday afternoon the
Foreman approached the young man and said, "You can pick up your paycheck on
The way out today."

Startled, the young man replied, "I thought you paid on Friday."

"Normally we do," said the foreman. "But we're letting you go today because
You've fallen behind. Our daily felling charts show that you've dropped from
First place on Monday to last place today."

"But I'm a hard worker," the young man objected. "I arrive first, leave last
And even have worked through my coffee breaks!"

The foreman, sensing the young man's integrity, thought for a minute and
Then asked, "Have you been sharpening your axe?"

The young man replied, "No sir, I've been working too hard to take time for

Our lives are like that. We sometimes get so busy that we don't take time to
"sharpen the axe"

In today's world, it seems that everyone is busier than ever but less happy
Than ever. Why is that? Could it be that we have forgotten how to stay

There's nothing wrong with activity and hard work. But God doesn't want us
To get so busy that we neglect the truly important things in life, like Taking time to pray

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