Okay- I may have stolen this from my little brother Luke (who is 5) But I LOVE this! Simple and true…

Parable of the pencil:

A pencil maker told the pencil 5 important lessons just before he placed it in the box:
1.) Everything you do will always leave a mark
2.)You can always correct the mistakes you make.
3.)What is important is what is inside of you.
4.)In life, you will undergo some difficult sharpenings, which will only make you better.
5.)To be the best pencil, you must allow yourself to be held and guided by the HAND that holds you.

Lesson: We all need to be constantly sharpened. This parable may encourage you to know that you are a special person, with unique God-given talents and abilities. Only you can fulfill the purpose which you are born to accomplish.  Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant or cannot be changed.  Like the pencil, always remember that the most important part of who we are, is what’s inside of you and then allow yourself to be guided by the hand of God.

(Hat tip: elementary school principal)