Knife Lessons


I have here a knife. It was given to me by a friend as a token of his affection and respect, when I went on board the steamship in Manila, Philippines, to go back home. All these years, since then, the knife has been on my study table, teaching me everyday. What object lesson does this knife teach me?

  • Strength. The most important part of this knife is what I call the backbone. It is the main part of the knife to which all the blades are fixed. This would be a weak and worthless knife if it did not have a backbone. It says to me every day "Be strong, stand firm, have convictions, be steadfast.
  • Discipline. This knife has been subjected to several trials and tests. The steel of which these blades are made had to go through a hard, hot, trying process. Sometimes I complain about certain processes that happen on some days, then I look upon my knife and learn from it the lesson of discipline.
  • Neatness. I can picture the man who bought this knife. As he came in the store, he stood before the glass show window wherein were displayed lots of different sorts of knives. There were dark knives and light knives, big knives and little knives. His eye caught this knife, with its elegant lines, its smooth shaped handle, and he said, "That is a neat knife, I'll take that one." People are attracted to you by your neatness.
  • Usefulness. Really, it is quite wonderful the variety of uses to which this knife can be put. Here is a big blade, and a small blade; here is a blade with a file; folded in the back is a tiny pair of scissors. So the great test of life is its usefulness.

MEMORY VERSE: I Corinthians 9: 22
"I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some."

KIDS CRAFT: Apple Printing
You need: an apple, potato, thick paint like tempera, knife, paper, pen

Cut an apple into halves. Cut one of the halves into quarters. Pour tempera onto a plastic plate or tray. Blot the cut sides with paper towel to absorb the moisture. Then dip the cut pieces in the tempera and stamp the painted side onto paper. You can make butterflies, flowers and more designs by adding necessary details using a pen.

Note: Be sure to let adults do the cutting of the apples. Aside from printing, apples are great for snacks.

1 comment:

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