God's goodness, his mercy, and his sovereignty. He is a Holy God and he desires
a holy people. Set your self apart for Him.
An elderly carpenter was ready
to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the
house-building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife so that
they could enjoy their extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but he
needed to retire. They could get by.
The contractor 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 in time it was easy to see that his
heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used
inferior materials. If was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.
When the carpenter finished his
work, the employer came to inspect the house. Then he handed the
front-door key to the carpenter saying, "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'd do it much differently.
But we cannot go back.
Remember: you are the
carpenter. Each day you place a board, hammer a nail or erect a wall.
Life is the ultimate "do-it-yourself project". Your attitudes and the choices
you make today, build the "house" you live in tomorrow.
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The Flower and
Does Evil Exist?