An elderly carpenter was
ready to retire. He told his employer contractor of his plans to leave the
house building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy
his extended family. He would miss the pay check each week, but he wanted 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 favour. The carpenter said yes, but over 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, his employer came to inspect the house. Then he handed the front
door key to the carpenter and said, “This is your house ..... my gift to you.”
The carpenter was
What a shame! If he had
only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so
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 realise we have to live in the house we have built. If
we could do it over, we would do it much differently. But, you cannot go back.
You are the carpenter of your life, and every day you hammer a nail, place a
board, or erect a wall. Someone once said, “Life is a do-it-yourself project.”
Your attitude, and the choices you make today, helps build the “HOUSE” you will
live in tomorrow. Therefore, build wisely!!!