TOOLS OF CHRISTMAS

The carpenter's tools had a conference.  Brother Hammer was in the
chair.  The meeting had informed him he must leave because he was to
noisy.  But he said, "If I am to leave this carpenter's shop, Brother
Gimlet must go too.  He is so insignificant that he makes very little
impression."

Little Brother Gimlet arose and said, "All right, but Brother Screw must
go also.  You have to turn him around and around again and again to get
him anywhere."

Brother Screw then said, "If you wish, I will go, but Brother Plane must
leave also.  All his work is on the surface; there is no depth to it."

To this Brother Plane replied, "Well, Brother Rule will have to withdraw
if I do, for he is always measuring other folks as though he were the
only one who is right."

Brother Rule then complained against Brother Sandpaper and said, "I just
don't care; he is rougher than he ought to be and he is always rubbing
people the wrong way."

In the midst of the discussion, the Carpenter of Nazareth walked in.  He
had come to perform His day's work.  He put on His apron and went to the
bench to make a pulpit.  He employed the screw, the gimlet, the
sandpaper, the saw, the hammer, the plane, and all the other tools.
After the day's work was over and the pulpit was finished, Brother Saw
arose and said, "Brethren, I perceive that all of us are laborers
together with God."

Oh, how many of us Christians are just like those tools -- fussing at
others because they don't do things just the way we think they should.

There was not an accusation against one of these tools that was not
absolutely true; yet the Carpenter used every one of them, and there was
not a place where He uses anyone where any other would have done at
all.  How careful we should be not to find fault with any of God's
tools.

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