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carpenter parable

Updated on February 13, 2009

 Most have read the carpenter parable where the old carpenter wants to retire and his boss asks him to build one last home.  Reluctantly he builds the home but his heart is not in it, so the work is shoddy.  When it is completed, the builder presents the keys to the home to the carpenter as a reward for his work over the years.

So many times we get frustrated, tired, or just plain lose interest in what we are doing and we fail to do the right thing.  We fail to complete the task in the manner we know is proper. 

Over the years, there have been serveral instances where I am reminded that while we may have "miles to go before we sleep" we still need to keep our standards in our minds eye and not fall prey to momentary weakness.

Here are some idioms that have guided me over the years:

Why is there always time to do things right the second time, but not enough time to do it right the first time.

The customer will soon forget how long it takes to build a home, but will long remember how well it is built.

Stay tuned for more.


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      Beth37 5 years ago

      This was a good one. I love carpentry and parables so it was a score. :)

      Where are all your other hubs? It says you have 16 but I only saw 2.

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      logic,commonsense 6 years ago

      I appreciate your comments Lori! Thanks for stopping by!

      I always try to keep in mind the lesson it teaches!

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      LoriSoard 6 years ago from Henryville, Indiana

      Hi there,

      Thought I'd check out of some of your hubs. Really good insight about this parable. I'm going to mull it over this week and keep it in mind.

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      logic,commonsense 7 years ago

      Thanks for the kind words, Nastasia! Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Katrina of A VICTORIOUS WOMAN MINISTRY 7 years ago

      Hi logic,commonsense,

      I loved reading the idioms. Keep up the great writing.Also please stop by and visit my hub pages sometime to read my latest.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      My Grandpa always said, "If it's worth doing at all it's worth doing right" Peace :)

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      logic,commonsense 7 years ago

      Your father-in-law was absolutely right tcl! Today so many "contractors" want to slap it up and move on. They will keep doing it until we hold them accountable.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Mark Bruno 7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Hi logic, I too built homes for a living. They where spec homes. In business with father-in-law. He taught me the trade and gave me this advise. We built the home from laying out of the foundation, grade, laying all the block for crawl space or basement and what he said was"START OUT RIGHT ,END UP RIGHT" If we poured foundation off, out of level etc, by the time your first floor starts you are way off in level etc.

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      logic,commonsense 7 years ago

      Thanks, ag! In the end I believe it is all a matter of passion!

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      Peter 7 years ago from Australia

      I love this parable and it sort of explains why a lot of DIY jobs turn out better than 'tradie' done jobs!

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      logic,commonsense 7 years ago

      Thanks, C and lorlie!

      I like the way parables make you think more deeply than if some one just tells you something!

      Glad you both stopped by!

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      Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Parables say so much with so few words-I've always been drawn to them. Thanks for this!

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      C. Ramsdell 7 years ago

      Useful & Beautiful! Genuinely.

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      logic,commonsense 8 years ago

      I believe in that ideal, although I have to admit there are times I fail. When that happens I reflect on this parable and other reminders to reinvigorate my dedication to doing the best that I am able.

      I am glad you enjoyed it and am happy you were able to stop by. Thank you!

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      SilverGenes 8 years ago

      I had never heard this story before, but I like it very much. Whatever we do in life, we should do as though it were for ourselves or someone we love. To do otherwise is failure. Thank you!

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      el pulamte 8 years ago

      there are 4 things we cannot recall:

      1) the stone thrown into the sea

      2) the moment we have had

      3) the time we spent

      4) the word spoken

      like this carpenter, though he may like to recall but everything is over

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      logic,commonsense 8 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by wrenfrost! I'm glad they were useful!

      Like I mentioned before, your hubs are right along on my line of thinking as well and I am thrilled to have like minded people to interact with! Stop by anytime!

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      wrenfrost56 8 years ago from U.K.

      I like reading your hubs on parables, they always give me food for thought.

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      logic,commonsense 8 years ago

      Thanks for stopping bonny, sometimes we need to think it out before we give up!

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      bonetta hartig 8 years ago from outback queensland

      Like this one - I've often reached thses cross roads - only to remind myself lifes a big circle and if you don't do it right inthe first place it will comeback to bite you on the arse - been there too.

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      logic,commonsense 8 years ago

      Thanks Jess! Glad you could stop by!

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      Jessaca Evans 8 years ago from Seattle, WA

      This is so true in everything life has in store for us. Nicely put!

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      logic,commonsense 8 years ago

      Thanks for the comments!

      When we lose the passion for what we do, we should not just go through the motions, especially when it is for someone else!

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      Helen Lewis 8 years ago from Florida

      Thank you. I needed to read about the carpenter parable today. Nice hub and you are so right ~ how easy it is to succumb to laziness.

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      logic,commonsense 8 years ago

      Mekenzie, thank you for your great comments and your kind words!

      I agree what is inside a person will inevitably manifest itself over time.

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      Susan Ream 8 years ago from Michigan

      The only way to feel at peace and satisfied is to do your best no matter what we do or who we do it for. It's called true charecter and it comes from the inside. I like your logic and your parable! YOU Rock!

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      logic,commonsense 8 years ago

      Thanks for the comments!

      It is difficult to strive to do our best every day, but it can pay off in the long run.

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      advisor4qb 8 years ago from On New Footing

      It's funny how life works sometimes. Ironic, to say the least. This is a good reminder!

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      logic,commonsense 8 years ago

      I hope you are not nearly that old! :)

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      Randy Behavior 8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      I think I heard this parable a hundred years ago. Its strangely appropriate to me right now, thanks.

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      logic,commonsense 8 years ago

      Thank you for your comments. I agree.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago


      Interesting parable!

      I think its better to try to do your best each time. This way you do not waste time doing it over!


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      logic,commonsense 8 years ago

      thank you for your comments loveofnight!

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      loveofnight 8 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      another good one......thx 4 share

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      logic,commonsense 8 years ago

      I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be the prawns! :) :)

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Sure thing Logic I aint shy!!!! ROFL as you may have guessed. A gal has to do what a gal has to do. Would just pass out with ecstasy if you were to serve up some prawns. Aghhhhhh!!!

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      logic,commonsense 8 years ago

      Would you be my naked customer? I would serve you something hot and delicious!

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      You should think about being the naked chef??

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      logic,commonsense 8 years ago

      Thanks BP! Working on the menu!

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Hi Logic I enjoyed this little appetiser and look forward to the main meal!!!!!!

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      logic,commonsense 8 years ago

      Yes, GG, he did know, he just felt unappreciated and he let his standards slip. To me this means that one should always do the right thing regardless of what we may feel the motivation of others may be. We can not control what othes do, only what we do.

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      Galaxy Gazer 8 years ago

      I have to ask logic- did the carpenter know he did a shoddy job and feel bad about it! because I know when I have not done my best and i have let things go sub standard that I feel awful because I know I didn't give it my all!!!

      Also it reminds a little of the man that built his house apon the rock and the man that built his house apon the sand!! The sand was easier but there was no foundations where as the rock was a harder chore but it stood firm as the foundations were laid in stone!! Just a thought!!! XX

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      Beth100 8 years ago from Canada

      I'm looking forward to more parables and idioms that we can relate to. Thanks for sharing!

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      logic,commonsense 9 years ago

      Thank you. It relates to the way we live our lives very well.

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      hubber-2009 9 years ago from India

      nice page about carpenter parable..


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