I am only a pencil in the Hand of God; He is the one who writes. –Mother Teresa
I was watching the movie made about Mother Teresa recently and found the above statement hit me profoundly. She could have used the tool pen instead of pencil. A pen’s ink lasts longer than a pencil’s lead as well as having the actual tool last longer as well. Pens are easier to repair and if they are made of truly wonderful materials they can last for centuries.
Pencils, on the other hand, don’t last quite so long, especially if they are used often. They wear down or break until they are gone and you can’t repair them.
But in a way the fleeting nature of this tool can have all the more to it because of what it can do in the amount of time it has.