By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer
The three most important things to consider when investing in real estate are location, location, location. At least that’s what I’ve been told.
This deliberate hyperbole points out the importance of where a property is. Realtors are credited with coining this catchy phrase about a hundred years ago, but I think its origin goes back to a first-century itinerant teacher from the Middle East.
Jesus told a story about two men each building a home. One built on sand, one built on rock. We don’t know if the sand was beachfront property and the rock a high bluff. A better view might be had on the bluff, but that wasn’t the point.
The actual location was what Jesus focused on as it related to weather conditions, rain in particular.
The house built on sand washed away in a storm.
The house built on rock withstood the onslaught and remained standing.
Metaphorical, yes. But everyone lives somewhere and the rains of adversity fall in all those somewheres.
At the end of the story, Jesus explained how people could “build on the rock” and withstand the inevitable storms:
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine
and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house;
yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice
is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house,
and it fell with a great crash.”
So what and where are the “words of mine” that we can put into practice for a solid foundation? They can be found in the New Testament book of Matthew, chapters 5, 6, and 7. It’s great reading. Especially if you’re interested in surviving the storms.
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Georgia touched her heels to her horse’s side and trotted up beside Dave’s horse. They were heading straight for pine-draped hills that skirted a higher ridge. A ribbon of fading green ran along the edge. How she’d love to see those aspen once they turned.
Would the cabin be in the pines or lower on the grassland? Settlers and homesteaders built near a water source, but streams could have gone dry since then. The land often changed in a hundred and fifty years …
And then she saw it—before he pointed it out. Her hands tightened on her reins and her breath quickened. Maybe he wanted her to notice it, for he’d reined off to an angle so they approached the aspen grove from the east.
Only the shell remained with a roof caved in and ravaged by time, weather, and wildflowers. The cabin lay like a broken egg that once held life but now only memories. ~A Mistletoe Christmas
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