A friend shared this story with my wife.

I was watching a sculptor begin work on a gigantic marble block. He had a huge hammer and a large chisel. He knocked off a large piece of the marble block and then another, pausing occasionally to work on the marble with the large chisel. His granddaughter was with him and she watched with eyes wide open. She giggled with delight as the artist used his huge hammer to knock away big pieces of stone as he shaped his artwork.

Then she noticed a row of various sizes of chisels nearby including a very small chisel. She remarked to me, but loud enough that the sculptor could hear, “I bet that small thin chisel is very unimportant.”

The artist looked at us and replied, “No, child, that’s not true at all. Rather, when I want to bring out the beauty in the sculpture, that’s when I use that small chisel. The smallest chisel allows all the beautiful details to be seen in the stone. You see it is with a very small chisel which an artist does his best work.”

… but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong, God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,   so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.

1 Corinthians 1:27-29

Do you want to be a big hammer? To have huge impact on the world? Perhaps God wants you to be a small chisel.



PATRICK LAI and his family have worked in SE Asia for over 37 years. His experience in doing business with Jesus has brought him to understand the meaning of work and worship in the marketplace. He started 14 businesses in four countries, six of which are still operating. Patrick and his wife, May, mentor and coach businesspeople working where there are few or no Christians. Check out Patrick’s latest book, Workship, now available in paperback and e-book.

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