Tag: Carpenter

Build wisely!

George Whittenby George Whitten

1 Corinthians 3:10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. His contractor was sorry to see such a good employee go, and asked him if he would build just one last house as a personal favor. The carpenter agreed but his heart was not in it. He resorted to bad workmanship and using cheap materials.

When the carpenter finished his work, the contractor came over and handed the front-door key to the carpenter. “I appreciate all the hard work you’ve done for me all these years and I’d like you to have this house as a token of my gratitude.”

The carpenter was shocked! If only he had only known he was building his own house, he would have worked much harder! Now he owned a house that wasn’t built very well.

We should think of ourselves as carpenters, and our lives here on earth, as our house. Each day we hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall, we must build with care! It is the only life we will ever build. And what we do here will count for eternity!

Our lives today are the result of our attitudes and choices in the past. Our lives tomorrow will be the result of our attitudes and the choices we make today! Let’s proceed with caution.

Your family in the Lord with much agape love

by George Whitten

 

Do It As Jesus Would Do It!

J.R. Miller Imageby J.R. Miller

“Evening Thoughts” 1907

“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed–do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus.” Colossians 3:17

To do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, is to do it as Jesus would do it, if He were in your place. One may do the lowliest things in a heavenly way–and another may do heavenly things in a worldly way. One may work in the humblest calling–and live a saintly life; while another may be engaged in what is called a sacred calling–and yet may do his work in an undevout manner. A street-sweeper may be more saintly, may live nearer to God, and may be a better follower of Jesus–than a minister who is busy in incessant religious duties.

Browning represents the angel Gabriel taking a boy’s tasks in this world, doing the work well, and praising God meanwhile.

We have something finer even than that, however, not in a mere poet’s imagination–but in the gospel narrative. Jesus, the son of God, came to earth, lived a human life, and worked at a common trade!

“Yes, yes, a carpenter–same trade as mine,
It warms my heart as I read that line.
I can stand the hard work, I can stand the poor pay,
For I’ll see that Carpenter at no distant day!”

“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done.” John 13:15

“Leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps!” 1 Peter 2:21

by J.R. Miller