|Building Your Own House
An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor
of his plans to leave the house-building business and live a more leisurely
life with his wife enjoying his extended family. He would miss the
but he needed to retire. They could get by.
The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and
asked if he could
build just one more house as a personal favor.
The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see
that his heart was
not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior
materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.
When the carpenter finished his work the employer came
to inspect the
house. He handed the front-door key to the carpenter.
"This is your house," he said, "my gift to you."
The carpenter was
shocked! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own
house, he would have done it all so differently.
So it is with us. We build our lives, a day at a time,
often putting less
than our best into the building. Then with a shock we realize we have
in the house we have built. If we could do it over, we'd do it much
differently. But we cannot go back.
You are the carpenter. Each day you hammer a nail, place
a board, or erect a wall. "Life is a do-it-yourself project," Your
attitudes and the choices
you make today, build the "house" you live in tomorrow. Build wisely!
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