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Most of us live in a house of some type. Hopefully that house had the modern features of electricity, indoor plumbing, and hot and cold running water. And while that is nice, there is another house that you are building that is far more important. I trust that the building materials you are using to build your own personal life are of the substance that will give you all the tools you need to experience your best life possible!
The story is told of a very wealthy man who decided to build a beautiful house. His best friend was a builder, so the wealthy man asked the builder if he would build him a house. He told the builder that he wanted the house to be made of the finest materials that money could buy. He wanted incredibly beautiful floors, nice chandeliers, decorative windows and stunning doors. The wealthy man told his friend to spare no expense because he wanted the house to be a beautiful showcase home for him to live and enjoy.
Soon the building was underway. The builder, however, decided to cut costs and use substandard materials. He also used second-hand items that he cleaned up to look like new. He found old shingles and put them on the house. He found wood that was very poor quality, but covered it with several coats of paint. The pipes he used were old and worn out, but he reasoned that no one would know because they would be hidden inside the walls. He continued to build the house, cutting corners and doing everything in his power to save money. Yet, he always charged his friend the highest price for everything he used.
One day the job was complete and on the surface it looked great. The very wealthy man walked through the house, looking at everything, and was very pleased. His builder friend told him how he had spared no expense and had only used the finest materials and the best quality goods of everything he could find.
Suddenly, the wealthy man said to his friend, “I have a surprise for you! I have always admired your building ability and you have been a dear friend to me. So, the reason I wanted you to build this beautiful house is because I am giving it to you as a gift. I want this to be your house! The house you have built is yours!”
The builder’s heart sank. He could hardly believe what he was hearing. Rather than having a beautiful house built with wonderful, new, first class materials, he knew in his heart that what he had built would not last very long. It looked nice on the surface, but because of the inferior quality, it was only a matter of time before everything would begin to break, fall apart and collapse. The builder was sick! He realized that the only person he had short-changed was himself.
I heard that story over forty years ago and have never forgotten it. The truth in it has been a guiding force in my life. It taught me that whatever I do needs to be of good effort and top quality – otherwise, in time, it would surely come back to haunt me. I was also taught that the most important building that I would ever build would be my own life. I was encouraged to get a good education. I was challenged to study everything from theology to business, money and finance, politics and religion, relationships and personality information. I was taught to be a thoughtful, kind and loving person to family and friends. I was encouraged to always have a good, positive attitude. I was taught to work hard and help others reach their goals and dreams in the process. Have I done all of that perfectly? Absolutely not! But, I know for sure those are the materials for building a successful life.
Let me encourage you to build your life with the best materials possible. Go out of your way to be kind and encouraging to other people. Always have a good word and a smile for those with whom you meet. Look for the good, the pure and the positive in all that you do each day! Learn about business principles and how money works. Study things with which you are not familiar in order to learn and grow in your own personal life. Build your business or job opportunity, family, health, personal relationships and daily life in a way that is not only pleasing to yourself, but will help all those with whom you come in contact.
I don’t know where you are on this journey of life today. You may be at the beginning. You might be in the middle. Or, you might be close to the end of your journey. Personally, I am heading closer to the end than the beginning. Everyday is more and more important to me. Regardless of where you are, build your life with quality materials and you will become the person you were meant to be. I promise!
Tip: Build your house well!
Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm