How much effort do you usually give to the things that you do?
“Work like you don’t need the money. Dance like no one is watching. And love like you’ve never been hurt.”― Mark Twain
Sounds so ideal, isn’t it?
Nevertheless, come to think of it, what would shake you off, not to give your best in everything that you do?
Sometimes, we are left with no choice but cry over a spilled milk — all because we did not grab the chance when we supposedly have exerted the best essence of our existence.
Here’s a story I love sharing about. Sorry, ‘can no longer remember the exact source but I recently found it here http://www.holybible.com/resources/poems/ps.php?sid=884.
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 enjoying his 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. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.
When the carpenter finished his work the employer came to inspect the house.
He handed the front-door key to the carpenter. “This is your house, he said, ‘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 much differently.
Consequently, the Author emphasizes:
“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 bit much differently. But we cannot go back.
You are the carpenter.
Each day you hammer a nail, place a board or erect a wall.
“Life is a do-it-yourself project” someone has said.
Your attitudes and the choices you make today, build the “house” you live in tomorrow.
Build it wisely!!”
So there, how much regret would you have if you were that carpenter?
The scenarios, decisions you’re making, endeavors you’re thriving at right now, may be your reward in your lifetime. God is giving you this “present” to make the most of what you can do. You are not only the carpenter, but the “sculptor” of the future which you are about to enjoy.
All that you have to do now is be realistic and be humble enough to realize: were there times when you’ve been like this carpenter who resorted to shoddiness? What kind of feeling did it give you? Can you take off from there? What should you tell yourself now?