"The Carpenter"

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
personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in
it was easy to see that his heart was not in his
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 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.

So it is with us. We build our lives, a day at a
time, often putting less than our best into the
Then with a shock we realize we have to live in
house we have built. If we could do it over, we'd
it much differently. But we cannot go back.
You are the carpenter. Each day you hammer a nail,

place a board, erect a wall. "Life is a
do-it-yourself project," someone has said. Your
attitudes and the
choices you make today, build the "house" you live
tomorrow. So, build wisely!