Orthodox Byzantine Chants
Holy Mount Athos
An old carpenter was about to retire and he told his employer about his plans to leave and live more rested with his wife. Of course he was not going to earn as much money, but he had to retire.
No sooner said than done. But his employer saddened, thinking that he was going to lose such a highly skilled worker and he asked the carpenter, as a personal favor, to build him another house. The carpenter agreed, but in the course of time it was not hard to notice that he didn’t work with all his heart. He used low-class materials and was doing a botched job. It was the worst way to end a career full of dedication and achievements.
When the carpenter finished the house, the employer took the house keys and gave them to the carpenter, saying:
„This house is yours. It’s a gift for you from me.”
The carpenter remained speechless. What a pity! If he had known that he was building his own house, he would have made it completely different.
The same happens with us. We build our life, day by day, often not doing what’s best for what we are building. Then we get like thunder-stricken when we find out that we must live in the house we built.
If we could make it once again, we would build it quite differently. But we cannot go back…
You are the builder of your own house. Every day you hammer a nail, you add a plank or raise a wall. Your intentions and choices from today build your house for the morrow.
Therefore build wisely!
Ask the Lord to be the master of your life. He will show you how to make a solid foundation, for building afterwards the house of your life.
If you hurry to see that the world becomes better, start from yourself.
It is the shortest path.