Pencil or Pen

I always write in pen, but sometimes I wish I hadn’t. I make so many mistakes, then I can’t erase what I wrote. So of course, I end up with a stupid scribbled mess! It seems to never fail when I attempt to write a thank you note or birthday card to someone, I always mess up at least one word, and have to do the dreaded scribble. 


This quote of Mother Theresa is what prompted this blog post. I read it today and thought about how wonderful it is that I am created for God to use. However, I want to correct the statement, no offense to Mother Theresa. It should say, “I am the PEN in the hand of God.” That’s because God doesn’t make mistakes like I do. I should use a pencil because I make many mistakes when I’m writing or drawing. When I attempt to use a pen, the outcome is always full of flaws. God doesn’t have flaws though, so in His creation, nothing is flawed. 

We make mistakes. When a pencil is put in our hand, the outcome often requires an eraser. God doesn’t need an eraser though, because everything from Him is good and perfect. 

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I think it’s important that we realize God wants to use us. He chose to give us free will, so that we would choose Him, but often we choose what we want instead of trusting His plan. We must become the pen in His hand, and allow Him to write our stories, rather than us writing our own. 

If I tried to write my own life story, it would be a complete mess. I’ve seen glimpses of it in my past when I’ve attempted to take the pen back and write the part I want to. What I’ve had happen wasn’t beautiful, but was scribbles over my mistakes instead. Thankfully, Jesus’ sacrifice clears those scribbles from my story, so I can be made perfect again. 


My challenge to you is that you allow God to be the pen to your paper and let Him write your story the way He sees fit! Trust Him instead of yourself, and see where He takes you, because even when your circumstances aren’t good, He is always good! Don’t just be the pencil in His hand. Be the pen, and allow His perfect plan to happen. 


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