An elderly gentleman worked as a carpenter with diligence and great precision.  He explained why he spent so much time on each project.  "I learned long ago that speed should always be secondary to quality workmanship.  Years from now when I'm gone and people inspect what I'm building today, no one will ask, "How long did this project take him?"  Instead they'll ask, "Who made this?"".  

   Our goal as Christians should be to live a life of quality.  When we are long gone from this earth, people will not say "How much money did so-and-so earn", or "How many college degrees and awards did so-and-so achieve?".  Rather, people will ask what kind of person we were.  The apostle Paul wrote "For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.  If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light.  It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work." (1 Corinthians 3:11-13)  

   Our legacy will be determined by the quality of life that we display, one that is devoted to God and living day by day for Him.


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