Give it Your All, It’s Your Life

This was not written by me.  I wish it were.  But, it is a great message.  I received it as an email just as you see it here.  If you wrote this, let me know and I will credit you, until then it is posted “By Anonymous”, it hopefully will help us all.

By Anonymous

An elderly carpenter was planning to retire and he told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family. The contractor was sorry to see one of his top and most loyal workers go and asked him if he would build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter agreed, 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 and 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 known 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 too 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 that 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.

Life is a do-it-yourself project. Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today.

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