"The bricks have arrived for that house I'll be working on, William," said Dad one day. "I'm going over there now. Want to come along?"
"Sure," said William, and soon they arrived at the building site. "Wow! That's a huge pile of bricks!" exclaimed William. "I guess that means you've got a whole lot of work to do, huh?"
Dad laughed. "Yes, I do," he said. He smiled at his son. "We talked the other day about building a life-house," added Dad. "Did you know that you have bricks to work with, too? Bricks to build your life-house with?"
"I do?" asked William. "I know you don't mean bricks like the ones piled up here, so what do you mean?"
Dad smiled. "All your thoughts, your words, and your actions are the bricks you're building with day by day," he explained.
"Oh. That's cool," said William.
"You'll keep building with them as long as you live," said Dad. He motioned toward the pile of bricks. "There are always some cracked or broken bricks among the good ones. When I come to those, I throw them out. I want this to be a beautiful, sturdy house when I'm finished. And when you find bricks that are poor choices for your life-house--bad thoughts or words or deeds--you need to throw them out, too, and just use the ones that please God."
William nodded. "These bricks could be used for other kinds of buildings, too, couldn't they?" he said. "They could be used to build a mall or a church or a hospital--any kind of building."
"You're right," agreed Dad as they started back toward the car. "And it's up to you to decide what kind of building your life will be. Day by day you can lay the bricks of glorifying God and serving Him--or you can build selfishly, living to please yourself."
"I really do want to build a good life-house," William said. "So I'm going to be very careful how I build." Mary Rose Pearson
HOW ABOUT YOU?
What kind of life-house are you building? Each thing you think, say, or do is a brick that becomes part of your life-house. If a bad thought comes to mind, or if you feel like getting even with someone, ask God to help you throw it out. When you feel God urging you to say a kind word or help someone, build with those bricks instead.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 Corinthians 3:10 (KJV)
Let each one take heed how he builds.
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