Building With Integrity

Robert Strand

oldtoolsMaybe you are too young to begin thinking about retirement...but how about a retirement story? A carpenter has worked his lifetime and now it's time to retire. He goes to the contractor/builder who employed him for thirty years and tells his employer he plans to retire...to live in leisure, spend more time with his wife and family and watch the grandkids grow up. He would miss the regular paycheck...but it's time to retire.

The builder was saddened to hear this announcement and let such a good worker go. But he asked him to please build just one more house as a personal favor.

One Simple Favor

The carpenter agreed, but in time it was easy to see his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship, cut corners and used inferior materials...it really was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.

When the house was completed...his employer came to inspect the house. As they were ready to enter the house, the builder handed the keys to the carpenter and said, "This is your house! This is my retirement gift to you."

The carpenter was shocked! What a shame! Now he will live out the rest of his life in a second-rate built home. If he had only know he was building his own house, he would have done it differently.

So, my young friend, that's how it is. We build our lives a day at a time. Hopefully, we are using the best habits, the best thoughts, the best actions and the best materials. It may be a shock to you....but the life you build is the life you will have to live in the rest of your days! Build wisely! Life is a "do-it-yourself-project!"

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock" (Matthew 7:24).