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I've Been to the Mountaintop...too

The time to close on the land lot in Phoenix is exactly two weeks away. I offered the purchase to my partners of Real Estate Design Developers and we only have a few more days to decide if we're going to move forward with it. Even if we don't, I still want to purchase this beautiful, mountainside, golf course parcel, so I have to decide what my next plan of action will be. I don't mind being a lone wolf on this one because I truly believe it's a great investment to build on and enable us to increase our coffers in pursuit of our ultimate goal. Decisions, decisions. I believe that this could be something worthwhile towards our efforts to develop and design communities in a way that meet the needs of working class people who just want nice, but affordable, homes for themselves and their families. And it's all possible... So the question has been asked: Can you build quality homes that are actually affordable and still make money for yourself and your partners? My answer is... without question; unless the question of how much profit is enough profit, isn't clear. It all boils down to 'how much' is enough? If the purpose of the project is the principle motivation over the potential profits to be made and the primary consideration, again, the answer is yes. A lot of ills in this world could be solved if we could just get over the greed and excess that the world equates to success. Who doesn't like nice things, who doesn't want enough money to live comfortably and enjoy some of the finer things in life? Most honest people will agree with that. I desire to live in a way that the author of my fate will look favorably upon. I want it to be said that my presence on this earth meant something more than how much I was able to accumulate- but how much my being here, by God's permission, meant to others and more importantly how it glorified God. When we get caught up in a bunch of foolishness that any one with a heart and a soul knows is wrong; knows is wicked- make no mistake about it, you may have reached the top of the mountain but you got there with the wrong guide. We've all heard the scripture that tells us that the love of money is the root of all evil- NOT the MONEY, but the love of it- where it becomes the God of our existence to the exclusion of the God of our soul. And it shouldn't surprise us that the god of this world offered our savior the exact same 'deal' he offers us. In Matt 4:8-9 Satan takes Jesus up to ' an exceeding high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world...saying: " All these things will I give thee, if thou will fall down and worship me." A foolish offer, I might add, by the tempter to the Son of God- the very same God that through him out of heaven into condemnation, yet and still, Satan has always recognized the power of power, money, possessions and the insatiable human ego. Jesus knew how to answer our enemy, but that trick still works if you don't have an understanding of what truly matter in this life. Trust and believe people, if we come down from the mountain experience and comprehend what the enemy's goal really is, the destruction of God's people along with himself ...the world would be a better place for ALL of God's people. We have to stop giving 'place' or better still a podium and a platform for the enemy's foolishness. The devil will never be saved- but as long as there is still breath in our bodies, we still have hope. Ecclesiasticus 22:13-15 tells us: "Talk not much to a fool, and go not to him that hath no understanding: beware of him, lest thou trouble, and thou shalt never be defiled with his fooleries: depart from him and thou shalt find rest, and never be disquieted with madness". Who among us couldn't use some rest from the utter madness we see and hear daily! Woo Sah. Be blessed people. Because it's a daunting reality to know that no matter how much we are able to accumulate in this lifetime- in the end, it won't put us in heaven or keep us out of hell. Until next week...

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