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Years ago Native Americans found boulders of churt, (American flint). They could see the potential of the churt for weapon making and various other tools. But the rocks were too large to take with them; so they would chink off large chunks, carrying the chunks with them until they had a chance to turn them into something useful later. These chunks of rock are now known as 'blanks'.

Occasionally the weapon maker would run into a vein of inferior substance passing through the rock. This inferior material caused them to have to change their original plans, but nevertheless, they just kept knapping (chipping) away at the blank, fashioning it into something useful.

The toolmaker was patient. Perhaps he couldn't form the knife or the spear that he had in mind; but he might be able to craft a smaller spear, several arrowheads, and possibly a hide scraper instead, as he worked around the imperfection. He knew when he acquired the blank that it had some worth. Otherwise, he wouldn't have carried it all the way back to camp. So he just kept working the chunk over until he had utilized every bit of it.

See Beneath the Rough Edges

When I look at one of the few blanks I've kept during my searches for artifacts, I am reminded of our children and youth. Like the craftsman of yesteryear, we need to look deeper than what's on the surface. We need to see beneath the rough edges of our children and with God’s aid sense their usefulness. As we look at their strengths and weaknesses we need to assist them as they capitalize on their talents and show them how with God’s power they can receive forgiveness for their sins--the inferior substances in their lives.

Let us pray for our children, that they will allow the Master Craftsman, to keep chipping away at their hearts so they can become powerful weapons for truth in the hands of the Almighty.

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Mark 10:14).

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