The House That We Are Building

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The House We Build

The story is told of an elderly carpenter who 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 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 reluctantly 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.

And so it is with each of us. We build our lives one day at a time often putting less than our best into the building. Then, one day, we suddenly realize we have to live in the house we have built. So let us build wisely while we can!