One architect who remains an icon with regard to design and conception is Frank Lloyd Wright. Mr. Wright’s use of geometric shapes in the architectural designs and conceptions he envisioned are still considered to be ahead of the times he lived and worked in. In fact, many of his designs remain icons in the field of architecture today.

Not one to mince words, Mr. Wright demanded perfection among his students. These high expectations were particularly demanded during the conception phase of a project. As Mr. Wright once stated in regards to mistakes made during the design of a client’s home, “Tell the client to plant vines!” While it is doubtful that Mr. Wright nor any of his architectural students ever had to instruct a client to plant vines in order to hide a mistake or design flaw, Mr. Wright’s point is easily understood. Sometimes it’s easier to hide a mistake than it is to correct the error.

We can apply this principle to spiritual application as well. We as Christians are instructed to confess our sins to one another as well as pray for one another (James 5:16). In (1 John 1:9) the apostle states, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Yet we often times hide our sin behind “vines” hoping our Christian brothers and sisters never find us out. Over time we find ourselves planting more and more vines until our entire home is covered up with vines! Or to put it in spiritual terms, we become hardened to our sins (Heb. 3:8; 3:15).

Our Heavenly Father sees all our sins, even those hidden from men (Heb 4:13). “For whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.” (1 John 3:20) Yet, who among us doesn’t struggle with hidden sin? I certainly count myself among those who do.  Lest we forget, no man is free of sin while alive on this earth. Those of us who refuse to accept or admit this scriptural fact only deceive themselves (1 John 1:8). Furthermore, these individuals gain nothing in the end by the continued concealment of sin. God’s mercy and forgiveness comes only by the act of confession (Proverbs 28:13). The gift of forgiveness is provided to those who ask.

So we need to make sure that the sins we commit are confessed to our heavenly Father, repented of, and shared with our brethren when we need extra help to overcome. This will remove any “vines” that have been planted around ourselves and let our true Christian “light” shine forth.

Paul Dean