The Value of Knowledge


A giant ship engine failed. The ship’s
owners tried one expert after another, but
none of them could figure but how to fix
the engine. Then they brought in an old
man who had been fixing ships since he
was a young. He carried a large bag of tools
with him, and when he arrived, he
immediately went to work. He inspected
the engine very carefully, top to bottom.
Two of the ship’s owners were there,
watching this man, hoping he would know
what to do. After looking things over, the
old man reached into his bag and pullet
out a small hammer. He gently tapped
something. Instantly, the engine lurched
into life. He carefully put his hammer
away. The engine was fixed! A week later,
the owners received a bill from the old
man for ten dollars. “What?!” the owners
“He hardly did anything!” So they wrote
the old man a note saying,
“Please send us an itemized bill.
“The man sent a bill that read: Tapping
with a hammer… $ 2.00
Knowing where to tap… $ 9,998.00
Effort is important, but knowing where to
make an effort makes all the difference!

May God crown all your efforts with great

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