An elderly carpenter was ready to retire.
He told his employer of his plans to leave the house building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife.
He would of course miss the paycheck each week - but he wanted 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 over time it was clear 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.
The moral being....
...so it is with us. We build our lives - one 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 - will build the 'house' you will live in tomorrow. Therefore - build wisely!