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Food For The Soul

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer, a building 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.

His employer was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but it was easy to see that his heart was no longer in his work. He had lost his enthusiasm and had resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career.

When the carpenter finished his work and his boss came to inspect the new 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 for ourselves. If we had realized, 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.

The plaque on the wall says, “Life is a do-it-yourself project.” Who could say it more clearly? Your life today is the result of your attitudes and choices in the past. Your life tomorrow will be the result.


Comments on: "Food For The Soul" (2)

  1. Wow, Cherokee Billie! That post is really a great lesson! It reminds me of the situation I am going through in my professional life. I explain.

    I am leaving the current job I’ve had for almost 22 years and I feel the urge to do everything as perfectly well as each of the previous days I worked there. I am not going to tell my students I am leaving, because I want all of them to go on studying at that school. Plus, I have been saying several little prayers during the day, asking God for that school to recover their previous financial status. As simple as that.

    I know things are not going to be easy for me at the new job. The other school is at another town, around 40 minutes from my apartment. I am going to be on the road after 10 pm. The old one is just two blocks from here. I know I am going to miss them all, and I do wish them well, from the bottom of my heart. They were good to me. Sometimes I feel sorry for having asked to leave, but I feel it is the time to go. Now, with this post, all the feelings I have of doing my very best are stronger and justified. Thank you once more, Cherokee Billie!


    Karina de Cillo

    • Dear Karina:
      Thank you for sharing so much about what is going on in your life. There comes a time that it is right to move on even though it may be difficult. I’m so glad I posted this message today as it seems to be meant for you along with others. I know that you’ll be a blessing to everyone at your new job. You have a beautiful spirit that touches people’s hearts.
      Many blessings,
      Cherokee Billie

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