When I was younger I loved this film called Karate Kid. In this film a handyman/martial arts master agrees to teach a bullied boy karate and shows him that there is more to the martial art than fighting. There is one particular scene that has stuck with me throughout my life. This bullied kid agrees to be taught martial arts by this handyman/ martial arts master but instead of teaching him how to fight he makes him sand the floor, paint the fence and his house, and wax his car – that is where the phrase “Wax on Wax off” originates. The boy, after doing all the master told him feels like he was tricked and gets angry because the kid “Daniel” feels that he is not learning karate. In my opinion this scene is one of the most inspiring parts of the film because Mr. Miyagi the handyman/martial arts master conditions Daniel for defensive karate without him knowing it.
(If you have never seen this film here are some YouTube links 1.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fULNUr0rvEc 2.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg21M2zwG9Q)
This film inspired me to use the phrase “Wax on Wax Off” whenever I am going through a phase in my life where I think that what I am doing does not help my life. I remember moments at University where I had to learn subjects I did not particularly like or enjoy, but today I realise that they helped me develop my reasoning. I find this thing most true in my spiritual life. There are times where I feel that what I am doing is not helping me grow in my relationship with God. But after time I realise that all the small things that I thought were insignificant are the ones that really build me. I realise that you can grow in responsibility because you are first willing to serve. Some times you feel that God has forgotten you, and that the place you are in at the moment is not the place you think you should be in. But God is using your current situation for your next thing. God is building you. Something that may seem useless, or insignificant may be the very thing that is preparing you for something bigger.
Be patient. God is not done working on you yet. You are His masterpiece and He knows what He is creating. So whenever you feel that what you are doing is not helping you in any way just repeat to yourself the phrase “Wax on Wax Off” and ask yourself the question, ‘Could what I am doing right now be preparing me for something bigger?’
Sometimes, even if we can’t understand all we have to do, it is best to wait patiently until it becomes clear. Serve in the small things, and bigger things are sure to come.
Remember “Wax on Wax off.”