A Pencil

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. ~Genesis 1:1

As I write the rough draft of this essay I am using a pencil. How often do you use a pencil? Have you ever wondered how a pencil is made? I honestly cannot remember if I have ever wondered such a thought.

Well, you may just be thinking to yourself, ‘Oh dear, is she going to explain the whole process of making a pencil to me?’ In answer to that thought, I am not going to explain the whole process of pencil making. I will simply touch a bit of the art of the pencil. Trust me, this will be fascinating! If it isn’t, please let me know!

The pencil is very down to earth, literally! First let’s name its parts. The wooden shaft, the body, comes from a cedar tree rooted in the earth somewhere in the USA’s northwest. Its “lead”, though in truth not really lead, is mined graphite from deep mines in Asia. The metal ferrule (holding the eraser and wood together) also comes from a mine elsewhere. The eraser and paint are the remaining or remnant parts of the pencil; I have no idea where they descend from. All five of these pencil parts come from different areas around the world. Countless different people mine, process, and ship these ingredients to a location where the pencil will finally be assembled. A majority of these people don’t even realize that they are contributing to the making of a pencil. You may even know somebody who is unknowingly helping to a make a pencil!

The people from all around the world are assisting in the pencil making process and may not even want a pencil, but they are working in order to earn money to purchase the things that they need. That is the free market in action.

Individuals are able to buy, sell, and trade, their abilities to assist others in obtaining what they need. Look at it this way, not all of us are capable of operating a shipping boat or even mining graphite in Asia. That is why we need the help of others who are able to do what we cannot do. We each have our own unique creative abilities and dreams. Without them we would not be where we are today.

We don’t need smartphones to override our creativity and imaginations. Our minds should be the headquarters of our creativity. For example, without creativity we would not have the beautiful paintings of this world, and if God wasn’t creative while He designed this world we would live in a dull dreary place. The world’s first creator, God, gave you your creativity for a very special reason, so don’t waste it or let it be taken from you! Like G.K. Chesterton said, “We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders.”

Dream on and be creative!

~ Here is a brief video sharing similar ideas to what I previously discussed. It inspired me to write this essay in the first place!



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