A carpenter told his employer-contractor of his plans to retire. The contractor was sorry to see such a good and loyal worker leave and asked if he could build one more house.
The carpenter agreed, but his heart wasn’t 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, the employer handed the front door key to the carpenter, saying “It’s my gift to you.”
The carpenter was shocked. If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it differently.
So it is with us.
We build our lives a day at a time, often putting less than our best into the building. “Life is a do-it-yourself project,” someone once said. Your attitude and the choices you make today build the “house” you live in tomorrow.