Samuel Brengle on being an Axe

Earlier this week I came across an excerpt from the diary of Samuel Brengle, a former commissioner of the Salvation Army.  I’d never heard of Brengle before now but I thought this was a great insight.  This is what he wrote,

The axe cannot boast of the trees it has cut down.  It could do nothing but for the woodsman.  He made it, he sharpened it, and he used it.  The moment he throws it aside; it becomes only old iron.

A lot of times I forget that God is the One who makes things happen and chooses to use us as His instruments of purpose.  I begin to think that I’m “all that and a bag of chips” and isn’t God lucky to have me doing His work?  At that point my ego is usually on steroids and I’ve completely lost sight of who I really am and who I’m not.

If it weren’t for God working on us and through us, we would have no purpose and no effect.  Thank God for choosing to use us and give us a life purpose.  Thank God He allows us to do His work and reflect His glory back to Him.

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