Sometimes it just helps to say what’s on my mind. And take pictures with PhotoBooth.
It’s 2:24am as I write this. A few hours ago I was tired and went to bed but never got close to sleep. As I read blogs, wrote blogs, and pondered blogs, I lost all sense of sleepiness. To summarize the frenzy of thoughts in my head, I feel like I’m on the edge of something great and I have the tools to succeed, but I have no idea to do once I take the steps.
Remember David, when he walked out in front of the whole army of Israel and conquered Goliath? He did it with passion and confidence in God. I’m trying to develop that confidence and waiting on the plan.
So Jesus, what’s next?
Categories: Adventure, Life
I never thought I’d find inspiration for life from a beer ad. As a non-partaker myself, I tend to make fun of the “drink this and you’ll be awesome” message the marketing communicates. Well today I found my way to The Most Interesting Man on Earth’s Wikipedia page via my little brother’s Facebook page. In the commercials, this guy leads a life similar to the one Chuck Norris leads in the popular joke series. One stood out to me:
“It’s never too early to start beefing up your obituary.”
At first I took it as humor but then I figured out what it meant… If all your obituary reads is where you were born and when you died, you probably never lived.
Later on I saw another on a Twitter feed attributed to him,
“I live by the motto: Safety third.”
It took me back to a previous post of mine about risk and safety. I’m still having trouble shaking my fears and my tendency to think of safety first.
But of course, Jesus said He came to give us abundant life, not safety.
Quick post just to say I love the Gathering Place! Getting to photograph it several times this summer is an honor. The kids are amazing and seeing God work is just good for the soul and makes me think what I’m doing is important and is somewhat making a difference.
This week Aaron Keyes was the worship leader and speaker. Homeboy knows the Word and weaved it in and out of the songs teaching a the importance of worship and helped to redefine it. It has to begin with humbleness.
My favorite piece of his talk went something like this… “Don’t approach the fire of God expecting to be warmed. His fire is a consuming fire and will destroy you.” I realize that if I want God to really have my heart, I won’t get warm fuzzies. He will destroy it and replace it with a heart that loves Him. And it’s going to hurt.
And I need it.
I’ve never been good at sports but there was a time in my life (public school Phys Ed class to be exact) that my identity seemed to include this fact. I was in “smart” classes, school band, and loved to draw. But the environment I was in set sports as the determining factor of goodness. And I believed it.
Being on the other side of school by 10 years (my reunion is next weekend!), I realize that God’s gifts, talents and abilities He has given us make each of us exceptional in the ways he created us to be. We can’t judge according to our own ideas but instead need to judge according to how well we are embracing and using these gifts. I used to try to be good at sports, which only made it worse, accentuating the badness.
But now I embrace the fact that he didn’t bless me with being able to throw a ball straight.
I am a good photographer. God has blessed me. I am a good designer. Thank you Jesus for that ability.
We should thank Him for the gifts we have and the chance to be a part of His plan.
Thank you for the gifts You have given me. Help me to use them to bring You glory and make the world a better place in the ways I uniquely can.
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Public service announcement: This roasted red pepper soup recipe is soooo tasty.
If you didn’t know, I LOVE to cook. So tonight for dinner we had tacos and this soup. Prep and the cooking was really easy except for toasting the peppers a bit because I forgot about them in the broiler. Amanda reminded me just in time. Close call.
Only two modifications: 1) I would have let it cook longer than 5 minutes (probably 15 or so) to help it reduce a bit, and 2) I would have cut back on the stock by maybe a cup
Click it to see it big.
Honestly, I’ve avoided risk at all cost. Yet I’ve felt recently that every time I turn a corner I hear someone talking about the need to take risks. I’ve sought safety over adventure, at the risk of my soul.
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.” – Helen Keller
Thanks, Helen, for that bit of a kick. I feel like it’s danger I have to seek out to really live. To find life I have to risk it. Yet I’m scared to because I don’t know the outcome.
“Inaction is the greatest risk of all” – Timothy Ferriss
Yeah, Timothy, you’re right. I don’t look back and celebrate my safety. I look back and regret not going on that trip because it cost too much. Amanda and I have missed experiences over budgets. And I look back and don’t think about how good I did to save. I look back and see a hole. I see a gap where there was life to be lived and I missed it.
So this is my public confession of my fear.
But Wade Josey says, “Worry is a misuse of the imagination.”
There must be more risk in my life so I can truly live.
“The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.” – Leo F. Buscaglia
We spent the past week in Arizona on vacation. One of the highlights was the Grand Canyon. We stayed until sunset and got to witness a beautiful sunset together.
More photos of the adventures to come soon!
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