Monday, December 21, 2009

Monday Moments - a better builder

(Author Unknown)

I watched them tear a building down
a gang of men in a busy town
with a heave ho-ho and a lusty yell,
they swung a beam and a side wall fell.

I asked the foreman "Are these men skilled
and the men you'd hire if you had to build?"
He had a long laugh and said, "No indeed,
just common labor is all I need."

"I can easily wreck in a day or two
what builders have taken a year to do."
And I thought to myself as I went my way,
"which of these roles have I tried to play?

Am I a builder who works with care
measuring life by the rule and the square?
And shaping my deeds to a well made plan,
patiently doing the best that I can?
Or am I a wrecker who walks the town
content with the labor of tearing down?

I came across this last night as I was going through some stuff. It made me think. With the holiday season in full swing and the new year quickly approaching...I've been thinking a lot lately.
I really want to be a builder. I want to "work with care" and "shape my deeds to a well made plan". I know I really appreciate the people in my life that build me up. Those that inspire and make me feel good about myself. My be a better builder to others.

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Kathy said...

Great poem, friend! And a much needed reminder. Thanks!

J Glazier said...

I love this poem! My dad made me memorize it as a youth, I'd long forgotten about it. THanks :-)

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