In the hands of great artists, pencils can create amazing artwork but periodically they need to be sharpened. Can a dull pencil can still be used? Of course. But is it as effective as it could be for as long as it should be? No, it's not.
You see, when a pencil is sharpened, it is taken to a blade of some sort that shaves off the pieces that are no longer needed in order to make it a more effective tool. This simple analogy is why I've chosen my #OneWord2017 to be "sharpened." I need to be sharpened. I am in need of constant growth and improvement. I need God to remove from me the parts of me that are making me less effective in all aspects of life (inside and ourside of my home) and make me a more effective tool for His purposes as The Artist.
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 NASB
Brent Clarkson, M.Ed.