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The Carpenter

Monday, December 03, 2012

Once upon a time, two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict.
It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side-by-side, sharing machinery and trading labor and goods as needed without a hitch.

Then the long collaboration fell apart. It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference and finally, it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence.

One morning there was a knock on John's door. He opened it to find a man with a
carpenter's toolbox. "I'm looking for a few days' work," he said. "Perhaps you would have a few small jobs here and there I could help with?
Could I help you?"

"Yes," said the older brother. "I do have a job for you. Look across the creek at that farm.
That's my neighbor. In fact, it's my younger brother! Last week there was a meadow between us.
He recently took his bulldozer to the river levee and now there is a creek between us.
Well, he may have done this to spite me, but I'll do him one better.
See that pile of lumber by the barn? I want you to build me a fence an 8-foot fence - so I won't need to see his place or his face anymore."

The carpenter said, "I think I understand the situation.
Show me the nails and the post-hole digger and I'll be able to do a job that pleases you."

The older brother had to go to town, so he helped the carpenter get the materials ready and then he was off for the day. The carpenter worked hard all that day -
measuring, sawing and nailing. About sunset when the farmer returned,
the carpenter had just finished his job.

The farmer's eyes opened wide, his jaw dropped.
There was no fence there at all.

It was a bridge .. A bridge that stretched from one side of the creek to the other!
A fine piece of work, handrails and all! And the neighbor, his younger brother,
was coming toward them, his hand outstretched..

"You are quite a fellow to build this bridge after all I've said and done."

The two brothers stood at each end of the bridge, and then they met in middle,
taking each other's hand. They turned to see the carpenter hoist his toolbox onto his shoulder.

"No, wait! Stay a few days. I've a lot of other projects for you," said the older brother.
"I'd love to stay on," the carpenter said, "but I have many more bridges to build."

Remember This...
God won't ask what kind of car you drove, but He'll ask how many people you
helped get where they needed to go.

God won't ask the square footage of your house, but He'll ask how many people
you welcomed into your home.

God won't ask about the clothes you had in your closet, but He'll ask how many you helped to clothe.

God won't ask how many friends you had, but He'll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.

God won't ask in what neighborhood you lived, but He'll ask how you treated your neighbors.

God won't ask about the color of your skin, but He'll ask about the content of your character.

God won't ask why it took you so long to seek Salvation,
but He'll lovingly take you to your mansion in Heaven, and not to the gates of hell.

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HOLLYM48 12/5/2012 1:34PM

    Beautiful, I needed this today!

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RACEWELLWON 12/5/2012 1:26PM

    Got the chills when I read - Thanks Anne - very inspirational ! Hugs K

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LOLAINSC 12/4/2012 10:46PM

    Lovely story. I badly needed the reminder about how very different God's
priorities are from ours.
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LEFTHANDLUKE 12/4/2012 4:39PM

    you know where i stand

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LIVINGFREE19 12/4/2012 4:38PM

    I really liked this blog!

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ALASKAPSYCH 12/4/2012 10:50AM

    A beautiful story with much to ponder. Thank you for posting. C

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123ELAINE456 12/4/2012 9:42AM

  A Beautiful God Given Story. We Have a Awsome God. Amen. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Today. Take Care.

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WALLAHALLA 12/3/2012 9:24PM

    Spot on! emoticon

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0309COOKIE 12/3/2012 9:21PM

    What a beautiful story.

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2ABBYNORMAL 12/3/2012 8:59PM

    I received this from my uncle. Maybe you've seen this before.
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