I remembered being in Adelaide with my son, who was then an infant, and watching a street artist do drawings in the Rundle Mall. After a while I asked him to draw my son and as he worked, I noted that he wasn't using new pencils, he was using old and in some cases, well worn pencils, and you could see that, somehow, he and that pencil had done a lot of things together, because it was like that pencil fitted his hand.
A pencil can make beautiful drawings in the hand of an artist, or craft the most beautiful song or inspire a generation with a quote.
A pencil can solve the most complex algebraic equations in the hand of a mathematician, or device answers to help humanity.
A pencil can sketch the most perfect blueprint in the hand of an architect.
We're like the pencil, in the sense that we have the ability and the capacity to do some pretty amazing things as long as we're in the right hands. In the right hands, your possibilities and potential are endless.
It doesn't matter if your not the same colour as the rest of the bunch or even if your more worn out or bit chewed on one end.. what keeps us usable and useful is not what's on the outside.
WE MIGHT HAVE TO LEARN IT'S REALLY WHAT'S ON THE INSIDE THAT COUNTS
When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat the problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion to develop a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to 300 C. The Russians used a pencil.
SOMETIMES JUST BEING YOU IS ENOUGH!
God isn't impressed by what's on the outside, he looks at the heart and responds when we place our life in his hands. Psalm 31:15
Pastor Mark Broadbridge is Minister of the New Life Church Port Pirie.