This was on the front of the bulletin at my aunt's church in Berea, Kentucky.
I do not know the author of this. If you do, please share.
"I recently read about a pencil-maker who told the pencil five important lessons, just before putting it in the box:
1. Everything you do will make a mark.
2. You can correct the mistakes you make.
3. What is important is what is inside of you.
4. In life, you will undergo painful sharpening, 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.
We all need to be sharpened. May this parable 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 were born to accomplish. Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot be changed and, like the pencil, always remember that the most important part of who you are is what's inside of you.
These five vital lesson can help all of us to be better people, faithful to God and Christ and true to His Word. Indeed, everything we do makes a mark, but remember we can correct the mistakes we make."
Charles E. Moore (Minister)