Why It Pays To ALWAYS Do Your Best
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Winter Adventures

Deborah Edwards
(Semester at Sea)

Why Shortcuts
Seldom Work

Why It Pays To ALWAYS
Do Your Best

When God Gives
You Winter . . .

Oh, Mary Don't
You Weep

If It Seems Too Good
To Be True . . .






Introducing to some, and reminding others, here is a powerful message passed to
us by our friend, Ors Banhidy:

An elderly carpenter was planning to retire and he told his employer-contractor of
his plans to leave the building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife
enjoying his extended family. The contractor was sorry to see one of his top and
most loyal workers go and asked him if he would build just one more house as a
personal favor.

The carpenter agreed, but in 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 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! What a
shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it
all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built none too well.

So it is with us. We build our lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting,
willing to put up less than the best. At important points we do not give the job our
best effort. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that
we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realized that we would have
done it differently. Think of yourself as the carpenter. Think about your house.
Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Build wisely. It is the
only life you will ever build. Even if you live it for only one day more, that day
deserves to be lived graciously and with dignity.

Find out more about Ors Banhidy, link to his web site at:
www.jsscomp.com (a new
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"Seeing the world not as it is, but as it can be"
"Where there is no vision, the people perish." - Proverbs 29:18
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