If you build it?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Sometimes do you find yourself so distracted by what you want to say or convey that nothing intelligent happens? It’s like that with a Christian’s life sometimes. Can we become so distracted by life that we often fail to live a life worth living?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

I’m easily distracted. Perhaps it’s a product of managing the multiple priorities of ministry, business and a personal life that have gotten me accustomed to packing one thought on top of the other sometimes. One sure sign is how often I start a sentence and fail to finish it before going on to the next thought. For example, I was recently talking with Holly about something that had happened in the office. Suddenly I noticed her puzzled look. “What?” she said. “I didn’t understand a thing you’re saying.” As I stared at her bewildered face, it dawned on me that I had blurted out several things at once, none of which were clearly defined. Distracted by the amount I had wanted to say, I didn’t say anything worth saying.

It’s like that with a Christian’s life sometimes. We become so distracted by life that we often fail to live a life worth living.

Here’s a story: An old carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his family. He would miss the paycheck, but needed to retire. 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 wasn’t in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career. When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the front-door key to the carpenter. “This is your house,” he said, “my gift to you.” What a shock! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. (Tim Cove)

So it is with us. We build our lives in a distracted way, often putting forward less than our best. Then with a shock we look at the situation we’ve created and find that we’re now living in the house we’ve built. If we’d realized that, we would have done it differently. In building a life, it’s best to build wisely. It’s the only life you’ll ever build. Even if you live it for only one more day, that day deserves to be lived graciously, with dignity and with thought. Your life today is the result of the attitudes and choices made in the past; as your life tomorrow are those you make today. Slow down and manage your thoughts and actions well. Make your past and present worth something tomorrow. Practice good carpentry!

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)

We pray. Give us, O God, a sense of responsibility to ourselves, so that we may never waste the gifts which you have given to us; a sense of responsibility to parents, children, friends, employers and all others we have relationships with, so that we may never disappoint them; a sense of responsibility to the world, so that we may put into life more than we take out; a sense of responsibility to You O Lord, so that we may always remember that You loved us and gave Yourself for us. Help me remember what we have received, and to use what we have and so to make what we ought to out of this life of ours, which cost so much. This I ask for your love’s sake. In Jesus name. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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