Sometimes people come into our life and we know instinctively that they are meant to be there. They may be there for a reason, a season, or for life. We never know who these people may be, but once our eyes meet theirs, we sense that they will play a role in our life.
As people come into our lives for a reason, we too play that part in the lives of others — are we meant to help them in times of trouble? Perhaps we’re in their life to teach them something that one day will change the world? Who knows. But the real lesson is that we must make the most out of our life. Its not always easy, but we have to muster the strength to give 100% effort to live each and every day, because ultimately, how our life turns out is solely on our self.
This excellent short story about life helps teach us that the only one who can motivate and inspire us, is ourselves.
Building Your House
An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his extended family. He would miss the paycheck each week, but he wanted to retire. They could get by.
The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go & asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but over 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 a dedicated career.
When the carpenter finished his work, his employer came to inspect the house. Then he handed the front-door key to the carpenter and said, “This is your house… 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 building. Then, with a shock, we realize we have to live in the house we have built. If we could do it over, we would do it much differently.
But, you cannot go back. You are the carpenter, and every day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Someone once said, “Life is a do-it-yourself project.” Your attitude, and the choices you make today, help build the “house” you will live in tomorrow. Therefore, Build wisely!
– Author unknown
Each of us must take it one day at a time, but doing so with a sense of purpose – that purpose is to build our life (our house), strong, sure, steady and designed to last. We may be blessed to have people in our life who help us along the way, but ultimately, it is up to each one of us to make our own life the best that it can be.