(Orange, Texas)


March 23, 2014

Following God's Design

ORANGE — When I was a boy I had my heart set on becoming an architect. Instead of being outside playing football, you would find me at my desk designing homes or restaurants or churches. When I talked to my junior high counselor about my dreams, he was not supportive. In those days all the plans and blueprints were done by hand. It was a process that was very taxing on ones eyes and he feared that my eyes would not hold up to the strain. So my dreams and plans changed. But from time to time I get that urge to create or I find myself inspired by the work of an architect.

After having lunch last week in a new modern building called The Leaning Pear, a restaurant in Wimberley, Texas, I found myself looking at the work of the architect group called The Overland Partners. The projects the group has designed range from a beautiful homeless shelter in San Antonio to the Riverbend Church Sanctuary in Austin and the Texas A&M University Bonfire Memorial.

 I am not bitter about the change in plans, no, in fact I am glad. Most people's lives take on many changes over the course of a lifetime. For some the prospect of change is frightening to them, but not to me. To live is to change. Thank God I am not that same shy kid I was in high school, who never said a word and kept all his ideas and thoughts to himself. Thank God, I decided to let the person God created out. Because he gave me a life and a word of hope to share.

I particularly like a hymn in our hymnal which reads, “Change my heart O God, make it ever true. Change my heart O God, may I be like you. You are the potter, I am the clay. Mold me and make me, this is what I pray.” Eddie Espinosa wrote this beautiful song that reflects the words of David and Isaiah. David wrote in Psalm 19, “Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me.” And Isaiah who wrote in the 64th chapter, “Yet you Lord are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are the work of your hand.” I have not laid plans for any houses, but I have for a church in both the physical sense of the word but most often within the spiritual realm. May you allow God to mold you into his instruments as well.  


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