old iron

On one occasion when Samuel Brengle was introduced as "the great Doctor Brengle," he noted in his diary:
"If I appear great in their eyes, the Lord is most graciously helping me to see how absolutely nothing I am without Him, and helping me to keep little in my own eyes. He does use me. But I am so concerned that He uses me and that it is not of me the work is done. The axe cannot boast of the tress it has cut down. It could do nothing but for the woodsman. He made it, he sharpened it, and he used it. The moment he throws it aside; it becomes only old iron. O that I may never lose sight of this."
O may I have perspective like this, attacking the roots of pride! Everything I am is because of Jesus. Jesus is everything.