LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION…
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. * Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Rom 12:1 – 2 NLTSB
We live in the beautiful Sonoran Desert and many people are surprised that we have mountains and amazing views. It is always exciting walking a property with a client to determine if this is “the one.” What are the advantages of this site? Are there any obstacles? What views will I have? One of the most talented architects I have had the privilege to work with is adamant that views should not be axial but panoramic. It is best when views are discovered.
The site conditions are what I look at first. Is the soil expansive? Does a hillside project require blasting or additional heavy equipment? Once these elements are discussed, we start thinking about how to place the house on the site. What about the views? Will we be taking advantage of daylight and shading for the intense Arizona sun. Yes, you really can fry an egg on the sidewalk in the summer with 120 degree heat. Locating the house in the right spot is important. It mitigates obstacles, and in the end, avoids surprises and re-works.
Are you in the right place in your life? So many times we want to know the future of our lives. Similar to the house, we want our views to be axial, but God wants to us to discover the panoramic view of what is ahead. With that being said, what do you think about living for today?
The biblical principle is that we live in the present trusting in the Lord, daily living our lives for Him, and He will direct us and guide us towards what He wants us to do in the future. In other words, we live by faith, trusting in the Lord today, and through this process, God will prepare us for future service and get us to where He wants us. Therefore, if we are living in God’s will today, we can also trust Him to take care of the future.
As you seek God, live today as if it is the first and last day of your life.