At our Staff Commencement this term, I shared the story of the two stone masons.
“Consider the story of two stonemasons. You walk up to the first stonemason and ask, “Do you like your job?” He looks up at you and replies, “I’ve been building this wall for as long as I can remember. The work is monotonous. I work in the scorching hot sun all day. The stones are heavy and lifting them day after day can be backbreaking. I’m not even sure if this project will be completed in my lifetime. But it’s a job. It pays the bills.” You thank him for his time and walk on.
About thirty feet away, you walk up to a second stonemason. You ask him the same question, “Do you like your job?” He looks up and replies, “I love my job. I’m building a cathedral. Sure, I’ve been working on this wall for as long as I can remember, and yes, the work is sometimes monotonous. I work in the scorching hot sun all day. The stones are heavy and lifting them day after day can be backbreaking. I’m not even sure if this project will be completed in my lifetime. But I’m building a cathedral.”
A powerful story - one as applicable to our calling as educators and as parents. At times it is hard to see the long term vision - particularly as we confront our daily challenges - challenges that seem all he more difficult given the restrictions and unease under which we provide hope for our children and young people.
Our Purpose at King’s - to be ‘a Jesus-centred community that inspires hope by creating opportunity for people and families to do life better, together,’ is a call on our lives to participate in the building of a Cathedral.
The Psalmist puts it nicely:
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD