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The Blacksmith's Shop

In the shop of a blacksmith, there are three types of tools. There are tools on the junkpile:

They sit in the cobwebbed corner, useless to their master, oblivious to their calling.

There are tools on the anvil:

melted down,
molten hot,
They lie on the anvil, being shaped by their master, accepting their calling.

There are tools of usefulness:

They lie ready in the blacksmith's tool chest, available to their master, fulfilling their calling.

Some people lie useless:

lives broken,
talents wasting,
fires quenched,
dreams dashed.

They are tossed in with the scrap iron, in desperate need of repair, with no notion of purpose.

Others lie on the anvil:

hearts open,
hungry to change,
wounds healing,
visions clearing.
They welcome the painful pounding of the blacksmith's hammer, longing to be rebuilt, begging to be called.

Others lie in their Master's hands:

well tuned,
They respond to their Master's forearm, demanding nothing, surrendering all.

* * *
We are all somewhere in the blacksmith's shop. We are either on the scrap pile, in the Master's hands on the anvil, or in the tool chest. (Some of us have been in all three.)

In this collection of writings, we'll take a tour of the "shop." We'll examine all tools and look in all corners. From the shelves to the workbench, from the water to the fire....

And I'm sure that somewhere you'll see yourself.

We'll discover what Paul meant when he spoke of becoming "an instrument for noble purposes." And what a becoming it is! The rubbish pile of broken tools, the anvil of recasting, the hands of the Master -- it's a simultaneously joyful and painful voyage.

And for you who make the journey -- who leave the heap and enter the fire, dare to be pounded on God's anvil, and doggedly seek to discover your own purpose -- take courage, for you await the privilege of being called "God's chosen instruments."

Copyright © 1985 by Max Lucado

This was the introduction to "On the Anvil: Stories on Being Shaped into God's Image", by Max Lucado. I just finished reading it. It is 49 easy to read, very short chapters. Each chapter is only a page or two long. I really enjoyed it.

Lord, continue to put me on the anvil and pound me into a tool worthy enough to be held in your hand and used for your glory. Thank you, Lord. I am willing.

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Dec 31 @ 5:56PM  
Max Lucado
I love this writer..what a wonderful blog

Dec 31 @ 6:50PM  
Yup.........I've been everywhere. Great write!

Dec 31 @ 7:02PM  
Paul, nobody but nobody is as good at painting a picture of God as Max Lucado. His book, No Wonder They Call Him the Savior simply took my breath away. When I thought I could stand it no more, he would say, "No wonder they call him the Savior.

Dec 31 @ 7:43PM  
Wonderful ideas to ponder on, Take care Lost

Dec 31 @ 8:16PM  
take courage, for you await the privilege of being called "God's chosen instruments."

Wonderful... Happy New Year, may 2009 be filled with love, peace and happiness.

Dec 31 @ 8:16PM  
*Amen Paul*

Thank you for sharing this...


Dec 31 @ 8:30PM  
It is truly amazing what the Lord can do in a person's life who is willing to allow his intervention.

It has been an amazing journey so far!


Dec 31 @ 8:33PM  
Oh, Woooooow! Thank you for sharing this! I am amazed!

Dec 31 @ 8:48PM  
This year God has drawn you so close to Him. I am very happy for that!!!!

PS, Go Tigers!!

Jan 1 @ 2:14AM  
Deep thoughts, bold questions and beautiful analogy!

Max Lucado's wisdom is paired with your sensitivity to nudge us with questions that might bring uncomfortable answers, but that will undoubtedly lead us to a hard and honest evaluation of our relationship with the Lord...

Thanks Paul for a wonderful ministry led in this virtual community...

God Bless

Jan 13 @ 7:19AM  
Sounds like a really good book and one to look for.
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