The Carpenter Story…. 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 the time was right and he was ready to hang up the hammer.
His boss was disappointed as the carpenter had been a loyal and diligent worker for many years, so he was sad to see him go. He asked for one last favor, requesting that the carpenter could build just one more house before retiring. 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, his boss 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. Now he had to live in the home he had built none too well.
So it is with us. We are all in the process of building our lives. Do we go about working with diligence or do we slack and put in slip-shod work, put in without effort? Do we go about working with passion or without caring? Do we do things with excellence, and take pride in our work? What kind of life do we want to build? What we put into our lives, what we feed our bodies and what we feed our minds are also factors that affect the type of life we build.
Hence be very careful what you feed your mind on. Watch what you read or look at, be discerning about… what is good and what is not. Do not get into situations when you become influenced by wrong values. Remember you are important and you must feed your mind with what is good and what is right. This will lead to right actions. ….AUTHOR UNKNOWN
So… if in your life…“happiness has evaded you”…. Then, perhaps it is a consequence of what you’ve been building over the years! Our life… today is the result of our collective attitudes and choices we made, or failed to make… in the past. Our life tomorrow… will be the result of our attitudes and the choices we make today. Should we choose…we can build our life wisely!
1 Corinthians 3:10-15 – According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it.