THE CARPENTER’S STORY
The story is told of a talented carpenter who had spent his working life building the most beautiful houses in town. One day he went to his employer, a contractor, and declared his intention to stop working. The contractor was sad to hear this and tried hard to dissuade him but the carpenter’s heart was set on retirement. With great reluctance, the contractor finally agreed to let him go, but on one condition.
“Build me one last house,” he told the carpenter. “Use any materials you like. Plan your own design. Build it as you will.”
And so the carpenter set about to make the final house of his long and illustrious career. But after only a short time it became clear for all to see that his heart was not in the project. The design of the house was ordinary, the materials were sub-standard and the finished product was nothing like the works of art he had built earlier in his career.
Finally, the house was built and when the carpenter handed the keys to the contractor, the contractor handed the keys back to him and said, “I wanted to show you my appreciation for all the years you have worked for me. This house is my gift to you.”
The carpenter was shocked! If only he had known he was building his own house, how differently he would have gone about it all
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 realize we have to live in the house we have built. If we could do it over, we’d do it much differently. But we cannot go back.
You are the carpenter of your life. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or make a wall. Your attitudes and the choices you make today build your house for tomorrow. Build wisely!
The beginning of a new year is a great time to think about how we want the rest of our lives to look like, and start to live accordingly.
Have a very happy 2022!