elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer
his plans to leave the house building business and live a more
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
just one more house as a personal favor.
The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his
not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used
materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.
When the carpenter finished his work the employer came to inspect
He handed the front-door key to the carpenter. 'This is your
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
all so differently. So it is with us.
We build our lives, a day at a time, often putting less than our
the building. Then with a shock we realize we have to live in the
If we could do it over, we'd do it much differently. But we cannot
You are the carpenter.
Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. 'Life
do-it-yourself project,' someone has said. Your attitudes and the
you make today, build the 'house' you live in tomorrow.