16 miles east of Atlanta, GA sits the largest piece of exposed granite in the world. This monolith is amply named, Stone Mountain. The hike to the top is quite exhilarating and on a clear day the view can be spectacular. However, one thing a visitor will quickly notice is that the summit has been well worn by years of wind and rain. So much so that a flat surface is hard to find. In fact, the convex surface slopes so much that a perimeter fence was installed along it circumference lest someone venture to far to the side and find themselves in peril. The boundary that the fence provides is a clear marker between safety and danger.
The AutoCAD Boundary command allows the user to pick an existing entity (or entities) and define a new polygon that can be moved, copied, queried, or otherwise edited as needed. This is performed similar to the Hatch command, however instead of hatching an area; the area’s boundary is created as a separate entity.
So the next time you create a boundary in this fashion stop and think of other boundaries that may exist around you. Why are they there? Whom, or what, are they protecting? And what would happen if they are ignored? Like the fence around the top of Stone Mountain, God provides boundaries for our lives. Not to restrict us but to give us freedom, safety, and security to thrive within them. Could I safely walk outside of the mountain top’s fence? Perhaps, but if I slip, trip, or venture to far beyond its safety what hope do I have to rely on?
Remember the words of the psalmist as he spoke about our God, “The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon. It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.” – Psalm 74:16,17 (NIV).
Remember – a life without boundaries cannot be defined.
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