Tuesday, January 8, 2013

What are you Building?

to build:

verb (used with object)
1. to construct (especially something complex) by assembling and joining parts or materials: to build a house.
2. to establish, increase, or strengthen (often followed by up): to build a business; to build up one's hopes.
3. to mold, form, or create: to build boys into men.
4. to base; found: a relationship built on trust.

What are you building??

Have you ever stopped to think about that?

I think it is a God-given desire to build things.  Even little toddlers build with blocks and stack plastic cups into a tower.  If you live in a house with little boys, you probably have lots of lego building going on all around you!  The most popular toys in our house for over twenty years have been building toys -- duplos, legos, waffle blocks, Lincoln logs, etc.  And what child doesn't love to build tents, forts, and tree houses??  

Many a young man dreams of building his own house for his family.  And thankfully, there are still young women that dream of building that house into a home full of love, laughter, and happy children. 

All around me, I observe people building.  I notice that some people are into body building; some are focused on building businesses; some are into building a name for themselves.

But what about you -- what are you building?

Have you ever stopped to think about that??  As I reflected on this last year, it occurred to me that a lot of my time and energy were focused on building two things -- my blog and my Lilla Rose business.  My heart fell.

Please don't misunderstand me -- I don't believe there is anything wrong with a Mom having a blog and/or a home business!  Many women have both and manage beautifully. The Proverbs 31 woman is our model for home industry.

However, for me I realized that my focus had shifted to building my blog and building my business.  That is where a lot of my thought and creative energies had been channeled over the course of this past year.  I immediately thought of this verse:

"Every wise woman buildeth her house, but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands."  ~ Proverbs 14:1 

While it is true that I was not tearing down my house, I fear I was not really building my house.  There were some things I neglected or let slide.  At best I was just maintaining. . . But the wise woman builds her house!!

So, I am recommitting myself in this new year to building my house; to investing in my relationships with God, my husband and my children; to managing my home -- first and foremost!

So, if my blog remains silent at some point during the year, you will know it's because I'm busy building!

While searching for a picture to use with this blog post, I found the following story, which I thought illustrated my blog post perfectly!

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his extended family. He would miss the paycheck each week, but he wanted to retire. They could get by.

The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go & asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but over 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 a dedicated career.

When the carpenter finished his work, his employer came to inspect the house. Then he handed the front-door key to the carpenter and said, "This is your house... my gift to you."
The carpenter was shocked!

What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently.

So it is with us. We build our lives, a day at a time, often putting less than our best into the building. Then, with a shock, we realize we have to live in the house we have built. If we could do it over, we would do it much differently.

But, you cannot go back. You are the carpenter, and every day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Someone once said, "Life is a do-it-yourself project." Your attitude, and the choices you make today, help build the "house" you will live in tomorrow. Therefore, Build wisely!


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Gail @ http://biblelovenotes.com said...

I already think you are amazing to have 10 children and do all that you do.

And I appreciate your thoughts and insights. I love the way you brought in all of the ways we "build."

And what a touching story at the end too.

All great food for thought. Bless you.

busymomof10 said...

Thank you Gail for stopping by and for your encouraging comment!

Kathie Morrissey said...

Wow, this is a great post! It's so easy to focus on building the wrong things, and neglecting the priorities. Thanks for linking up with us at Courtship Connection!

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