Staying Sharp

ONCE upon a time a very strong woodcutter asked for a job in a timber merchant, and he got it. The pay was really good and so were the work conditions. The woodcutter was determined to do his best.

His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was supposed to work. The first day, the woodcutter brought 18 trees. “Congratulations,” the boss said. “Go on that way!”

Very motivated by the encouragement, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he only could bring 15 trees.

On the third day, he only could bring back ten trees. Day after day, he was bringing fewer

“I must be losing my strength,” he thought.
“When was the last time you sharpened your axe?” the boss asked.
“Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy
trying to cut trees.”

Our lives are like that. We sometimes get so busy that we don’t take time to sharpen the axe. There’s nothing wrong with activity and hard work. We are supposed to stay active and not idle. But Allah doesn’t want us to get so busy that we neglect the truly important things in life, such as taking time to pray or to read and sharpen our
minds. We all need time to relax, to think and contemplate, to learn and grow.

If we don’t take time to sharpen the axe, we will become dull and lose our effectiveness. So start today.

Islamia/The Brunei Times


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