Lenten meditation, week 7:
"Sharpen the saw." It's an interesting turn of phrase, but the idea is that we use ourselves like a tool, like a saw. If the saw is dull, it does less effective work. A sharp saw is always better than a dull one, and you need to take time to sharpen your saw; it doesn't just sharpen itself. What does that mean for us? That means taking breaks and assessing our physical, mental, and spiritual shape. Sleep, play, and meditation all help to sharpen the saw. The thing to remember is that it takes time; it doesn't happen on its own. If you're really busy, schedule time to sharpen your saw. Your body, mind, and spirit will thank you.