Builder or Wrecker
As 2015 rolls in, it is a natural time to reflect on things. One of the things that is worthy of our time and attention is the impact of our words and actions on those around us. I came across this anonymous poem a while back and thought I would pass it along:
I passed one day through a lonely town
And saw men tearing a building down
With a ho heave ho and a husky yell
They swung a beam and a side wall fell
I asked the foreman, ‘Are these men skilled?
The kind you’d hire if you had to build?’
‘Oh no’, he chuckled, ‘No indeed.
The common laborer is all I need.
Why I can destroy in a day or two
What builders have taken weeks to do’.
I thought to myself as I went on my way
Which of these roles have I tried to play?
Am I a builder who works with care
Strengthening lives by rule and square
Shaping my peers to a well-made plan
Helping them be the best they can?
Or am I a wrecker who walks around
Content with the labor of tearing down?
From this point forward, let my labors be
That which will build all those around me.