Colored Pencils: Diverse and Beautiful

Colored Pencils: Diverse and Beautiful

Life Lessons Through the Use of Everyday Items

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[ig_toggle heading=”View Object Lesson – Key Points” onload=”closed”]Pencils come in assorted colors and sizes plus come in packages or individually but their uses are about the same. Every color can create beautiful things independent of the rest but when they are used effectively together, each color enhances the beauty of the others. Their purpose is to put on paper the thoughts or mental images of it’s user in a very colorful and memorable way. So it is, as part of the body of believers, since we are uniquely different but all united in one purpose. The purpose is to serve the Lord and reflect his beauty. Colossians 1:15-23 shows the inter-relationship of God the Father, Christ His Son, and us his people. Verse 15 states, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  16For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.  17And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. 19For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. 21And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight 23if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister”. You can use a pencil artistically and create an etching worth thousands or a picture so disgraceful one wishes they could erase the image from their memory. The choice is not in the pencil but it’s owner yet the outcome is historic since it is written on the minds of others as well as in the “Book of Works” mentioned in Revelation 15. We are the instrument God uses to share the realities of His kingdom with those around us. As we work together, just as the colors in a pencil pack, we can achieve that goal.[/ig_toggle]

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Pencils: Instruments of Good

Pencils: Instruments of Good

Life Lessons Through the Use of Everyday Items

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When I think of the common #2 pencil and our Christian walk, the pencil can be used to illustrate our lives.

One of the common uses of a pencil is to serve as a writing instrument and a means to allow communication.  The gleanings created from the strokes of a pencil may be a beautiful poem or a saying that endures through the ages thus providing strength and guidance over the generations.  Many great addresses have started at the movements of a pencil on paper with occasional uses of the much appreciated eraser.  Have you gotten a random note that encouraged you to keep on, though the path was rugged?  How about last minute instructions scribbled on a piece of paper or even a napkin that allowed  you to find just what was needed to finish the project or find your way.

Just like the pencil, we as believers should have that same sort of positive impact on people with whom we associate.  First Corinthians 10:31 declares: 31”Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.   32Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God,   33just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved”.  Colossians 4:6 reinforces this even more by stating, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one”.  One of our most apparent objectives as a believer is to make our statements uplifting, sensitive and assuring for those who cross our paths.  “You can do it, keep going”, “I love you and am proud of you” and “I am praying for you” (and you truly mean it) are a few examples of the motivational and inspirational impact of a timely note.

The stark contrast to this pleasant and positive impression is when a pencil is used to tear down and destroy.  The reader who receives hateful, vulgar, discouraging words that tear down, discourage and demean can easily testify to the negative impact.  “I hate you and wish you were dead”, “You can’t do anything right”, “If I were you, I’d throw in the towel, you’ll never win”, and “I can’t believe you even tried to do that” are stingers that hurt long after the day the words are read.  The use of this type of writings or language is now for the most part, socially acceptable and often even encouraged.  Some believe put downs, criticism and demeaning written words even help them get by or get ahead!  As a result, the Christian’s pleasant, loving and supportive conduct becomes even more outstanding rather than just communications that just stands out.

Jesus declared in Matthew 5: 13, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men”.  I often thought this passage meant a silent Christian (one who loses their saltiness) was useless.  Then I began to think of how the Roman highway system was created which in turn allowed them to conquer the entire known world.  Wet clay mixed with salt equaled the mechanism used by Rome to unite the world under their flag and spread both culture and calamity to all ends of their kingdom!  Salt is worth more than just being the foundation on which a society is built?  Salt is also useful as a flavor enhancer, provides medical relief, was a monetary exchange and a preservative to name a few but even trampled underfoot, salt is significant though falling short of its maximum impact which is a combination of all these uses.

The passage continues, “You are the light of the world.  A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.   15Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.   16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven”  This is why we should write the words of Christ on the hearts of man through what we say and do!  The pencil gains it’s power to influences from its owner and we likewise receive our power to positively influence those around us from our owner, the very God of the universe!

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