The Unsharpened Pencil (6/8)

8 Jun

The Unsharpened Pencil…

As I started working on this devotional this morning I was reminded of a story about Albert Einstein, the great physicist who in 1999 was honored by Time Magazine as the Man of the Century.

Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train, when the conductor came down the aisle, punching the tickets of every passenger.

When he came to Einstein, Einstein reached in his vest pocket. He couldn’t find his ticket, so he reached in his trouser pockets. It wasn’t there. He looked in his briefcase but couldn’t find it. Then he looked in the seat beside him. He still couldn’t find it.

The conductor said, Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I’m sure you bought a ticket. Don’t worry about it. Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets.

As he was ready to move to the next car, he turned around and saw the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his seat for his ticket.

The conductor rushed back and said, Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don’t worry, I know who you are; no problem. You don’t need a ticket. I’m sure you bought one. Einstein looked at him and said, Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don’t know is where I’m going.

Now you are probably wondering where this leading to. The question to ask is do you know where you’re going? If you’re a Christian, yes, you can say I’m going to be with Jesus. But, are you really sure? Have you followed His commandments to go out and shine your light to lead others to Him?

Have you loved your neighbors as yourself and as He has loved you? Last month we talked about why He said love your neighbors as yourself. How many of you paid attention to that and adjusted your path in life? How many now realize how important it is to have God in your life?

We all have excuses for wandering off the path He has set out for us and we know He will guide us back if we confess our sin and ask Him for help. He is always there to turn us back in the right direction.

So now, some of you are wondering what is the point of all this? The point today is God! He gave His son to redeem us from our sins and to give us eternal life. Without him we are an Unsharpened Pencil.

Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil – it has no point.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

My prayer is each of us have lived our lives so that when our ticket is punched we don’t have to worry about where we are going.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,


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