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The Hatchet

by on Sep.02, 2008, under Hope

When I was a teenager some friends and I would frequently get together on a weekend night to go camping. My grandparents have some property not far from my hometown that my family calls “The Farm”. I can recall one particular camping trip to The Farm when I made a big mistake. My friends and I gathered up some wood to keep the fire lit and for cooking breakfast the next morning. I borrowed my grandfather’s hatchet to help out with breaking up some of the fallen tree limbs. Unintentionally I ended up breaking the hatchet’s handle as well.

In a moment of panic I made a poor decision to cover-up the incident by tossing the handle into the hot fire and the hatchet head in the nearby pond. It wasn’t long after that my grandfather approached me wondering what had happened to the hatchet he let me borrow. I was caught. I mustered up the courage to confess what I had done. I felt awful for letting him down.

I told him I wanted to replace the hatchet with a new one. It was the least I could do. That’s when he shared with me that the hatchet was priceless. It had been passed down to him from his grandfather many years ago. I was willing to do anything to rectify my relationship with him but nothing could replace what I had taken. I was heartbroken.

Thankfully I have a merciful grandfather, he forgave me for what I had done and continued loving me. He simply asked that I learn a lesson in honesty and responsibility.

Paul, a follower of Jesus, wrote, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship” (Romans 12:1). In other words, since we recognize that God has shown us mercy through the death of his son, Jesus, let’s offer our lives to him.

There’s no way I can replace my grandfather’s hatchet. It’s even more impossible to repay my debt to God for his deep mercy in my life. All he asks for is my heart and a committed life lived for him. That’s doable!

How about you? Have you accepted God’s mercy in your life? What does God’s mercy mean to you?

~Wesley Shutt

4 comments for this entry:

  1. Charlie


  2. Wesley


    Thanks for commenting! You’re right; God’s grace does mean “everything” to those of us who have accepted it.

  3. VickieSimpson

    Yes I have accepped God’s mercy in my life,because I know I am going to make many mistake’s,and I know I’m going to need his forgiving,intel i get it right.So yes his mercy means everything to (ME) too.

  4. Scott Sarine

    I had the privilege to have Wesley Shutt work for me one summer several years ago. Wesley’s experience with his grandfather and the hatchet had a profound positive effect on his life and futher helped to shape his Christian witness. Wesley was an excellent employee that used his resourcefulness, exemplified in this story, in positive ways to aid our company. Thanks for this great testimony.

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