Friday, September 27, 2013

Building Materials for Your Life

Some years ago I had the privilege of being the general contractor on the home we currently live in. There were a number of reasons we chose to grab this undertaking but in the end it was a lot of work, managing as well as fun. I'd totally do it again.

While building this large roof over our heads there were many decisions that had to be made; some came up really quickly and some we had a long time to make a decision on. No matter what, we always had to make a decision or everything would stop moving.

I would say these all fall under the category of building materials and now as we look at our home and as others come to visit they see some of the evidence of those decisions; some go unnoticed by the eye but can be felt in the overall layout and comfort or lack there of in the space.

Whatever the feeling that is had when entering and spending time here there is still the overarching idea that the building materials matter. If you build your home with low quality materials the outcome will be low quality and won't last. If you build with great materials that are design with form and function in mind then you and others will wont to spend time there for a long time.

While I don't think that anyone will give me push back on these words thus far and history proves the validity in these word when we go by building made 100's and 1000's of years ago that are still function, like the coliseum in Verona Italy that is still used almost every summer night for an opera or a concert, there may be some that want to push back on the next paragraph.

In the same way as the materials that we build structures matter, so the materials that make up our lives matter. Garbage in does not necessarily mean garbage out but it does mean a garbage dump at least.

What we think on really matters. What we think determines what we say and do and it really effects the entire direction of our life. If we think on thing that are true, honorable,just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellence,and praise-worthy or lives will be filled with those things. If we think on everything that the world throws at us at every turn it should go without saying that our lives will be less than what we desire them to be.

Do you want to live a full life of joy and happiness? Of course you do. Then follow these rules of thought and your life will start to change for the better. Do you want to be a great friend and counselor to other, then think on these things and your friends will start to flock to you when they are in need.

Word matter. Thoughts matter. These are the building materials of our lives and we need to be careful to select only the best material into our life project.

 Have an incredible day and think on these things.

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