Aviator Charles Lindbergh,
That’s not the kind of task a person just goes out and does. He has to work up to it. How did Lindbergh do that? A story from his friend Frank Samuels gives insight into the process. In the 1920s, Lindbergh used to fly mail out of St. Louis. Occasionally he would go out to San Diego to check on the progress of his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, which was being built there. Samuels sometimes went along with him, and the two men would stay overnight in a small hotel there. One night Samuels woke up shortly after midnight and noticed that Lindbergh was sitting by the window looking at the stars. It had been a long day, so Samuels asked, “Why are you sitting there at this hour?”
“Just practicing,” answered Lindbergh.
“Practicing what?” asked Samuels.
“Staying awake all night.”
When he could have been enjoying a well-deserved rest, Lindbergh was putting forth the effort to improve himself. It’s an investment that paid off for him—and it can do the same thing for you.
WHAT ARE YOU GIVING UP IN ORDER TO IMPROVE YOURSELF?
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Daily Story Telling Time
The Carpenter’s House
An elderly carpenter was about to retire. He told his employer-contractor 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 he needed to retire. They could get by. His contractor was sorry to see his good worker go. He asked the carpenter to build just one more house before retiring. The carpenter accepted, even though he didn’t really want to do so. His heart was not in his work anymore. He put in a half-hearted effort, taking shortcuts and using inferior building materials. The quality of the finished building was much below his usual standards.
When the project finished, the contractor came to see the house. He took a look around, then he took out the front-door key and handed it to the contractor. “My friend, this house is yours. This is my gift to you as a thank you for all these years of hard work.” The contractor said.
The old man was shocked and embarrassed. If only he had known, things would have been done in a different way. He would have taken care of every detail and this house would be the most beautiful house that he’d ever built.
Like the old carpenter, many of us do not give the job our best effort. Then we find ourselves living in the poor quality house we have built.