Parable of a Pencil

By Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP on 15-03-2010

The composition and performance of a pencil teaches us some useful
lessons for our life.

1. A pencil leaves a mark.  Our
life in this world is but a short passage. But during this passage each of us
has a mission to accomplish. This is how we leave a mark in the world that the
future generations will remember us for.

2. Even if the pencil makes a mistake, it can be corrected. In our life’s journey sometimes, through our human weakness, we
stray away from the right path, make wrong choices and end up in trouble.
However, mistakes do not determine the end of our lives. We rise from our
fallen situation, return to the right path and move on in life with greater

3. What is inside the pencil is more important than what is on its
A genuine person’s worth is not determined
by the color, beauty, glamour and status of the outer person, but by the
character and inner worth of the person.

4. A pencil has to undergo painful sharpening to enhance its
Just as a plant needs to be
pruned to produce fruit and a pencil needs to be sharpened for higher
performance, we need to undergo painful experiences, rigorous training and even
chiseling out the unwanted in our character so that we become effective in
whatever we do.

5. A pencil has to allow itself to be held and guided by a hand. Every one of us is guided and directed by the hand of God. It is
God who gives proper direction to our life. When we allow Him to guide and lead
us, our life becomes meaningful and we fulfill the goal of our life. In short,
we are all pencils in the hand of God.

About The Author

Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP

Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP is a Catholic priest of the Society of St Paul. He has been engaged in media activities for several years as General Editor of ST PAULS Mumbai. He believes in God's gift of beauty and goodness in every human being, in nature and in every religious tradition, and shares his views and opinions with others.