Considering the fact that we are just a few days into a new year, let me share with you an applicable verse. Ecclesiastes 10:10 says: “If the ax is dull, and one does not sharpen the edge, then he must use more strength. But wisdom brings success.” This is a verse about working smarter not harder. Sharpening the edge of a dull ax blade shows wisdom and makes wood-chopping easier.
Since we typically think of the start of a new year as a time to make necessary changes, let me suggest that it might be time for you to sharpen an ax blade. Why pour increasing amounts of energy into doing that certain something the way you’ve always done it, all the while unrealistically expecting better results? Why not, instead, take a step back and figure out a way to work smarter at the task? You see, sometimes you have to stop, analyze, and make appropriate changes rather than forge on ahead, feverishly working harder and clinging to that old line, “But this is the way I’ve always done it.” The verse doesn’t say that being stubborn and throwing more intense work at the task brings success. It says that wisdom brings it.