Friday, January 14, 2011

Inspiring Story of Elderly Carpenter : Building for Life..

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. 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 his career.

When the Carpenter finished his work 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 know 
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 to 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, 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."

Lesson from the Story:

Who could say it more clearly? Your life today is the result 
of your attitudes and choices in the past. Your life tomorrow 
will be the result of your attitudes and choices you make today