Thursday, June 18, 2009

My Life's Work


The "Taj"
An enduring tribute to one man's life and love.
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For 26 years I worked very diligently to build an estate. I was used to working 12 hour days, and being "busy". I had accomplished a lot. Thought I would retire very comfortably in 2008. However, these last three years all my estate got wiped out. In fact, I did not go to zero. No, I kept going until I was at a million dollars UNDER zero! Imagine! And my income went away at the same time!

So it has been a time for a lot of reflection. What is my life all about? Why do I do what I do? What do I want to accomplish with my life? In my case, I probably have 22 good years left. How do I want to spend those years?

If I didn't have obligations to fulfill, I think I would change direction right now. But that option is not available to me. I have to do well, the profession I have mastered - for at least three more years.

Your story may not be quite as dramatic as mine. But the questions are the same. What is your life's work?

Today's story is about Solomon's life work.
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5 -6 "Now here is what I want to do: Build a temple in honor of God, my God, following the promise that God gave to David my father, namely, 'Your son whom I will provide to succeed you as king, he will build a house in my honor.' And here is how you can help: Give orders for cedars to be cut from the Lebanon forest; my loggers will work alongside yours and I'll pay your men whatever wage you set. We both know that there is no one like you Sidonians for cutting timber."
7 When Hiram got Solomon's message, he was delighted, exclaiming, "Blessed be God for giving David such a wise son to rule this flourishing people!"
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This was a BIG project!!
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13 -18 King Solomon raised a workforce of thirty thousand men from all over Israel. He sent them in shifts of ten thousand each month to the Lebanon forest; they would work a month in Lebanon and then be at home two months. Adoniram was in charge of the work crew. Solomon also had seventy thousand unskilled workers and another eighty thousand stonecutters up in the hills—plus thirty-three hundred foremen managing the project and supervising the work crews.
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And he used NOTHING BUT THE BEST...
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4 -7 The interior was gold-plated. He paneled the main hall with cypress and veneered it with fine gold engraved with palm tree and chain designs. He decorated the building with precious stones and gold from Parvaim. Everything was coated with gold veneer: rafters, doorframes, walls, and doors. Cherubim were engraved on the walls.
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Solomon did many things in his life.
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But his enduring legacy, his life's work - was the building of the Temple.
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What's yours?

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