You know what happened to me the other day? It was kind of crazy. I was speaking at a conference. It was about two months ago, in fact, and while I was at the conference I met this guy and we were just talking and he said, “Hey Ed, can I borrow your pen?” Now, for most people that is not a big question, I mean, that’s not a big deal. But for me, it is pretty major because I love pens.
I’m a frustrated artist. I majored in the fine arts. I collect pens. I don’t like to give my pens to other people to use. I am just kind of weird about the pens. So he asked me, “Hey, can I borrow your pen?” So begrudgingly, I took the pen out of my briefcase and gave it to him.
I had kind of this white knuckle grip on the pen. He took the pen and began to write with it. And I was thinking to myself, “He is bearing down too hard.” Then, he put the cap back on the pen and looked at me and he said, “This is a nice pen.” I heard a little voice inside of me say, “Give him the pen. Give him the pen.” And I said to the little voice, “No, I like the pen. I need the pen. I have to write with the pen.”
So I took the pen away from him, put it in my briefcase in a special slot reserved for my special pens, closed my briefcase, and went on throughout the day. Well, that night in the hotel room I was thinking, “You know what? I should have given the guy the pen. I mean, what’s a pen? Yeah, it’s an expensive pen. The pen cost like 90‑something dollars. I should have given him the pen. I should have blessed the guy with the pen, but I said, ‘No.’ ”© Copyright 2012 admin, All rights Reserved. Written For: Ed Young Creative Pastors