SHORT STORY Parable of the Pencil
The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box.
“There are 5 things you need to know,” he told the pencil, “before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be.”
One: “You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone’s hand.” Two: “You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you’ll need it to become a better pencil.”
Three: “You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.”
Four: “The most important part of you will always be what's inside.”
Five: “On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.”
The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart.
Now replacing the pencil with you, if you remember these lessons and never forget them, you will become the best person you can be.
One: “You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God’s hand. And allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.”
Two: “You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems in life, but you’ll need it to become a stronger and better person.”
Three: “You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make. So do not be afraid of making mistakes.”
Four: “The most important part of you will always be what’s on the inside. What you think and feel is more important than how you look.”
Five: “On every surface you walk through, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to do your duties. Leave your legacy when you leave this world.”
You are special. Only you can fulfil the purpose for which you were born.
DID YOU KNOW
Did you know in Calama, a town in the Atacama Desert of Chile, it has never rained?
Did you know at any given time, there are 1,800 thunderstorms in progress over the earth's atmosphere?
Did you know according to Genesis 1:20-22, the chicken came before the egg?
Did you know an average of 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year?
Did you know Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles or snakes?
Which state of Nigeria is referred to as the Centre of Excellence?
Who is the current INEC Chairman?
The coldest country in the world is?
The largest city in West Africa is?
In what year was the Central Bank of Nigeria established?
1. Lagos 2. Mahmood Yakubu 3. Russia 4. Ibadan 5. 1959
1. What is as little as a fist but has all the knowledge you have?
2. I am a building with number stories, who am I?
3. It comes one time in a minute, two times in a moment, but never comes in a thousand years, what is it?
4. What comes down but never goes up?
5. How can the pocket of your trouser be empty and still have something in it?
6. What is the easiest way of doubling your money?
1. Your brain 2. A library 3. Letter ‘M’ 4. Rain 5. It can have a hole in it 6. By holding it on the mirror
KIDS AND HEALTH
Don't Lose Your Cool
Sometimes when you're jealous and frustrated, it's easy to lose your temper. Try to follow these tips to avoid getting into a fight with your brother or sister:
- Take a deep breath and think a bit. Try to figure out if you are angry with the person or just frustrated with the situation.
- Remind yourself that you have special talents. Your sister may have won an art contest, but you might be better at basketball, or math, or singing. Eight-year-old Marisa says her brother "always wins running races, but I always get gold stars for good homework grades and that makes me feel better."
- Try to congratulate your siblings on their achievements and share their happiness. If you do this for them, they'll be more likely to do it for you.
Hopefully, these tips will work. But if the situation gets out of control and you and your brother or sister start fighting a lot, you may need to talk to someone. Mean words can lead to hitting and physical fighting. If this is going on with you and your sibling, talk to a parent or another trusted adult.