DayBreaks for 08/09/13 – Chisels, Hammers, Elephants and Love
Even as Christians, we seldom stop to take a serious inventory of our lives. Oh, we look in the mirror and take stock of the physical appearance about every day, don’t we? But it is much harder (and more painful!) to undertake that sort of examination on our spiritual and emotional self.
“There is a story about a man who had a huge marble boulder in his front yard. He grew weary of this big stone in the center of his lawn, so he decided to take advantage of it and turn it into an object of art. He went to work on it with hammer and chisel, and chipped away at the huge boulder until it became a beautiful stone elephant. When he finished, it was gorgeous, even breath-taking.
“A neighbor asked, “How did you ever carve such a marvelous likeness of an elephant?”
“The man answered, “I just chipped away everything that didn’t look like an elephant!”
“If you have anything in your life right now that doesn’t look like love, then, with the help of God, chip it away! If you have anything in your life that doesn’t look like compassion or mercy or empathy, then, with the help of God, chip it away! If you have hatred or prejudice or vengeance or envy in your heart, for God’s sake, and the for the other person’s sake, and for your sake, get rid of it! Let God chip everything out of your life that doesn’t look like tenderheartedness.” – James W. Moore, Some Things Are Too Good Not To Be True, Nashville: Dimensions, 1994, p. 32.
PRAYER: We aren’t very good at chipping away the parts of our lives that are offensive and ugly to You, Lord, so we ask You to gently please – ever so gently! – take Your hammer and chisel to us and chip off all that isn’t pleasing to You! We fear the hammer, but know that it is for our good, and that You will not break the bent reed! In Your name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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