Some time ago, I heard about an older carpenter who was getting ready to retire. He told his employer of his plans to leave the house-building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife, enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but felt like it was time to slow down. The contractor was sorry to see a good carpenter go, and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor.
The carpenter agreed; however he never put his heart into the project. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career. When the carpenter finished his work and it was time to inspect the house, the contractor handed the front-door key to the carpenter. “This is yours,” he said. “It’s my gift to you!” The carpenter now had to live in the home he had built.
Eventually, we will live in what we build. Every day we’re constructing a life we’ll live in later. So much of the materials we use have to do with our words. With our words, every day we hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. All of us must recognize the power of the tongue for better and for worse -- because we’re going to live in what we build.
I’m thrilled to be back in the saddle with you this coming weekend. We’ll be walking through James 3:1-12, which explores the leverage the tongue has in our lives. Spend some time in James 3, and come to The Branch with a hungry heart and friends in tow!
Thanks to Tim Ketchersid (FB Campus) and Ryan Rainey (VR Campus) for bringing the message from the second half of James 2 this past weekend! If you missed it or any message in this series, don’t forget to watch/listen here.
Grace and peace,
See you this weekend!
Posted on Thu, May 29, 2014
by Chris Seidman