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  • Writer's pictureBishop Mesrop Parsamyan

The Parable of the Pencil

The master who created the pencil addressed his work with the following words: “There are five things that I want you to always remember to have a productive life. First, the most important part is the self; your true worth is within you. Second, the duration of your life you will have to be polished from time to time so that your worth becomes known. Third, you must always be in the hands of the One in order to perform miracles. Fourth, you will be able to delete and correct your mistakes. And fifth, no matter what, you have to keep writing. No matter what surface you use, you have to leave a mark.”

This profound parable seems to be a summary description of human life.

1. As humans created in God's image and likeness, our greatest value is within us. The best and kindest always come from the heart.

2. Our true worth is revealed in the trials and tribulations that refine us and make us better. That is why Apostle James exhorts by saying, “My brothers and sisters, whenever you face various trials, consider it all joy because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance complete its work, so that you may be complete and whole, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4).

3. In order to do great things, we must put our lives in God’s hands. Like the Apostle Paul said: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Indeed, in our world, mistakes are inevitable, but there is no need to despair.

4. We can ask God to rewrite our wrongs through our contrite repentance. As St. Peter exhorts: “Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out” (Acts 3:19).

5. And finally, regardless of situations and circumstances, we must continue to live and create, leaving our mark in this world for the glory of God.

So let us not be afraid and not complain about troubles and difficulties. Let us put our lives in the most caring hands of God and let Him write indelible and beautiful stories through our lives.

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