DAY 22

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“The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.” – Proverbs 20:4

One day in a Northwestern forest, a man came across a lone lumberjack.  He watched for a while as the man feverishly worked to saw down a large tree.  “What are you doing?”  the man asked.

“Can’t you see?” came the impatient reply from the young lumberjack.  “I’m sawing down this tree.”

“You look exhausted,” the old-timer said.  “How long have you been at this?”

The young man said, “Over five hours, and I’m beat! This is very hard work.”

“It looks as if your saw might be a bit dull,” the old man said, not yet ready to reveal that he had more than thirty years of experience as a lumberjack.

“It probably is,” he said. “I’ve been sawing for hours.”

“Why don’t you take a break for a few minutes and sharpen that saw?” the old lumberjack suggested.  “I’m sure your job would go a lot faster.”

“I don’t like to sharpen,” the young man replied.  “And right now I don’t have time to sharpen.  I’m too busy sawing!”

REFLECTION:

Whatever your job in life, you must be willing to do all of the tasks involved, including those you don’t like or don’t think you need to do.  Remember the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”?  Well, an OUNCE OF PREPARATION, however unpleasant, is worth a TON OF UNNECESSARY WORK!

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