dont stop do-ing something…
its funny, that when i took the above pictures it was gloomy overcast day, with rain falling later that day. saturday was a beautiful day…monday was another beautiful day, with some clouds creating some nice contrast to the blue sky. if you havent had a chance to walk down laurel st bridge since saturday, you really must see it with your own eyes. what was a pretty beat up looking wall is now pristine looking, like a new bridge. folks may not realize what happened on saturday all over san diego, with over 1500 rock peeps working to keep san diego beautiful, but thats ok. God knows, the mayor knows, and thats cool. the problem is that folks dont help out, dont do something, the rest of the time. we get busy with life and our circle of christian friends, that there is no motivation to do something until the “next” big event. God has given all of us gifts of time, talent and treasure…to paraphrase pastor miles, and we need to go and serve…as unto the Lord. not waiting for the big events where lots of folks come out to help. if more christians were to help out on a regular basis, in the small things, there would be such a need for the big events, because the work was being done already.
in the same way, i think that shooting weddings, family pics, and senior portraits is fun, and the pay can be good as well…but thats not good enough anymore. just as God has called all of us to use our gifts to impact and change the world, for His Glory, the question to me as a photographer is how am i using this gift for good, for His Kingdom. i like the picture below,because its a great illustration of biblical truths. Ecclesiastes 4 tells us that a cord of 3 strands is not easily broken, and God tells us in Hebrews 10 to spur one another on to good deeds, and in Galatians 6 we are to carry each others burdens. before this picture was taken, the tall kid tried to pull the dirt leveler by himself and he wasnt strong enough to do it. but with the help of the other 2, it was easier and kids being kids, they had fun “working.”
lets not get discouraged by the amount of work that needs to be done. both in the physical and spiritual world, but “let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
its truly a blessing to watch what God is doing at the rock, and its a daily struggle sometimes to remember that what i do is for the Lord, not man. but thankfully He has surrounded me with some great friends (and photographers) who keep me in check and remind me that we serve a great and powerful God who demands excellence in all we do. that He would be praised! To God the Glory!!