The news of the tragic fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris brought to mind this classic story:
A man came upon a construction site where three people were working. He asked the first, “What are you doing?” and the worker replied: “I am laying bricks.” He asked the second, “What are you doing?” and the worker replied: “I am building a wall.” As he approached the third, he heard the worker humming a tune, and asked, “What are you doing?” The worker stood, looked up at the sky, and smiled, “I am building a cathedral!” (source unknown)
What do you think about the attitude of these three workers? Which of these workers has the greatest clarity of purpose? Who do you think is striving for the highest quality?
I challenge you to consider your own work as if you were building a cathedral or a great monument. We all want our work to have meaning and purpose, don't we? The trouble is, we can't always see the results of our labors.
Regardless of whether we can be there on the other side of our work we can still build the cathedral. If you set your mind to thinking of your work as being that significant, won't you try just a little bit harder? Without a doubt, those who will work on Notre Dame's rebuilding will grasp the significance of their work. I truly believe that if you do your work with purpose and resolve, the results will be magnificent.
What purpose will drive you to seek enduring results this week?