Today is Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010; Karen's Korner #1847

(Anyone but me thinks this spring/summer is going fast? June 22!!)
This is something forwarded to me by Deanna (Stoakes) Watters.
Had I seen it or read it before? I thought that I had. I checked my Karen's Korner web site ( and typed in the word 'carpenter' in the search box).  Yes, I sent it out on April 14, 2005 - #524.
Seems like a good idea to share again. It finishes up a little differently this time. I thought if Deanna enjoyed it; maybe other readers would as well:
A Carpenter

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his extended family. He would miss the paycheck each week, but he wanted 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 over 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, 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.

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 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 help build the "house" you will live in tomorrow. 

Therefore, build wisely!

- Author Unknown

"Great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds.  Your eyes are open to all the ways of men; you reward everyone according to his conduct and as his deeds deserve." Jeremiah 32:19

No matter what your situation may be, positive or negative, continue to hold fast and be strong in your will to do good versus evil.

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."  Galatians 6:9

"This is a trustworthy saying.  And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in GOD      may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is GOOD. These things are excellent and profitable.    Titus 3:8