Thursday, June 16, 2011
Measure Twice - Cut Once!
It's all in the planning! "For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it..." (Luke 14:28) How embarrassing it is to shortcut the planning phase of life and end up exposed because you didn't think it through!
The best projects have wonderful plans! Someone has taken the time to thoroughly think through the process, coming up with great ideas and recording them to maximize the process. Think of it: the client has recognized the need; an architect captures the idea and adds value to the process producing a blueprint for everyone to follow; the structural engineer carefully calculates the loads and stressing of the structure producing yet another blueprint of how it should be built; even the landscape architect and interior designer plan...plan...plan! What do you suppose happens when someone in the chain shortcuts the planning process?
If you are going to coordinate all of the disciplines of the building process you have to have a good plan. We do! Years ago we saw the wisdom of creating a great plan for administration of our projects, and built it around our clients in document form so that all related parties to the project are on the same page. Our plan focuses on strong communication with the building team. It works marvelously - and our clients love it!
But there is a bigger picture. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you." (Jeremiah 29:11, 12). It all started with His plan! And He does not shortcut. It too is based on strong communication (where do you think we got the idea?). When followed closely, His "clients" (read: "followers") love it! What about you - do you have a plan that you're following closely?