Building Your Life (Weekly Inspiration #3)

A busy week for me, means a slow week of blogging.  But as promised, here is this weeks inspirational story.  It is called “The Carpenter”

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 paycheck, but he needed to retire.  
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 his career.

 When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the front-door key to the carpenter. “This is your house,” he said, “my gift to you. “

What a shock! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built none too well.

So it is with us. We build our lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best.  At important points we do not give the job our best effort. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realized that, we would have done it differently.

Think of yourself as the carpenter. Think about your house. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Build wisely. It is the only life you will ever build. Even if you live it for only one day more, that day deserves to be lived graciously and with dignity. The plaque on the wall says, “Life is a do-it-yourself project.” Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today.

-Author Unknown

I really like this story.  It reminds me that I am responsible for the life I am building.  When I use less care, I end up placing a board where it does not belong or even worse needing to tear a part down to build again.  If my life is a house, then I need to go through every room to see what stays and what needs to go.  I want to be proud of my house so I can invite others in and share it with them.  How is your house?  More inspiration next week!

    • Vitamin d
    • May 8th, 2010

    Great post. Thanks for sharing.

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