I was talking with a friend today who reminded me of a story I heard a long time ago about 3 bricklayers. The parable reflects how important our perspective is. It guides how we view our purpose in our work and in our lives:
A man observed three bricklayers on a scaffold, one crouched, one half-standing and one standing tall, working very hard and fast. To the first bricklayer, he asked the question, “What are you doing?” to which the bricklayer replied, “I’m a bricklayer. I’m working hard laying bricks to feed my family.” The second bricklayer, responded, “I’m a builder. I’m building a wall.” But the third brick layer, the most productive of the three and the future leader of the group, when asked the question, “What are you doing?” replied with a gleam in his eye, “I’m a cathedral builder. I’m building a great cathedral to The Almighty.”
I Found God today reminded of the importance of perspective in viewing my purpose.