Are You Too Busy To Sharpen?


Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter asks for a job in a timber merchant, and he got it. The pay was really good and so were the work conditions. For that reason, 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 for the boss’ words, the woodcutter try harder the next day, but he only could bring 15 trees. The third day he try even harder, but he only could bring 10 trees. Day after day he was bringing less and less trees.

“I must be losing my strength”, the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on.

“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…”

By: Stephen Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

{Want more devotions? I’m A Sword Wielding Devil Slayer; Declaring the Word of God and Taking Back What the Devil Stole from Me!}


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5 thoughts on “Are You Too Busy To Sharpen?

  1. wingingit March 13, 2009 at 9:31 PM

    So true, Sandra! So true!


  2. Tabitha March 13, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    Very Enlightening. thank you so much!


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  4. Stanislavka March 13, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Really nice story, appropriate for the Lent. Thank you.
    I would also like to apologize, that I used your Thank you prayer on my blog. I also translated it to our language, but I noticed your Disclaimer lately. If it is your wish, I will erase it from my blog.


  5. Brandy March 13, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Love this story – thank you for writing it for us all to read!


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