Why complain? If it is your Lord you pray to, then the Lord it is that guides you and as a guide knows the terrain ahead so your Lord will deliver you. To where? To him.
Why complain? Better yet, why not be grateful? You are sick, you could be sicker, you have no money, you could be poorer. These are simple arguments for the complex thoughts that bring our complaints to the level playing field of the world. God has no favorites so chose humility and chose it in joy. Is saying, “Well, you’re right, I could be sicker” more of an un-complaint or more of a situation you default to in your attempt analyze your world with wisdom that was gained in the same second.
Lord I pray that you will guide me to the frontline or to peace and in either, with any teaching you chose, may my lips never let pass the ungrateful attitude my thoughts yield.
In my sickness I will praise the Lord. In my travels I will praise the Lord. If I don’t know what that means, I pray for the Lord to reveal to me what he wants to. The reasons we are to be slow to anger and slow to speak are that those pauses are where God interjects like a gentleman. Most ladies I know don’t think gentlemen exist anymore with the way most men talk. Ladies, I will tell you that gentlemen still exist. God, or whatever you want to call the higher power who had a son named Jesus, will give you the wisdom.
Be intentional this week. Tell those you are ministering to your heart. But don’t tell it to them like you are talking to the “unsaved” but tell it to them like you are talking to Gods’ creation. Are you the one to hold the sin between you and your “unsaved” friends? In joy be intentional, maybe then the authority you have been owning will step down to make room for God to work. That sentence is a bit misguided, “making room for God to work” is like a child clearing place amongst their toys for the adult to sit, to watch them play with their toys.
Oh, thank you Vivaldi. Soundtrack my ψαλμοί without the harp. Back to editing.
a movie of my second after effects try. Sloppy edit, can’t get rid of the x, but in all, a big step in eventual production.
frame below..light en up steve. it’s just a light test on you.
Less than 4 weeks remains till my trip to China which includes Mongolia, with a possible India trip right after. A conversation tonight has led that trip further east to Europe for a tour d’cappriccio. I might literally fly around the world. Kind of a big thought with all that is in front of me; bills 4 times more than I actually have in my account, the list could go on but in my mind it stops with bills. How will I capture audio?
Last week I had the shoot that i am most proud of in my life for the New York Times. It was a three day shoot on the pro life movement starting with a protest in front of a planned parenthood. Think what you may about those people who stand out on corners with graphic images of aborted babies, I now have an appreciation for what they do and the strong convictions they live by.
Every time I turn in photographic work (especially to the ny times even after 24 shoots) i feel like I am in a situation where I just said I love you for the first time to a pretty girl. I wait for her rejection and when it doesn’t come (in the form of an editors negative critiques) a huge step is taken in the direction of confidence. Not confidence in who I am as a photographer but in the natural feelings I have to photograph what I think I should when I am in photographic situations. “You did fantastic work” is what my editor said. I praise the Lord for this. The Wall Street Journal editor used “Superb” instead. So it is a great week.
I want most of you to know, that my life is amazing because of Jesus. That might go over your head or you might just want to discount it. But everything I have is from him. I trust him and I believe he trusts me and loves me and is equipping me to do his work.
With all the great in my life, I trust God, with all the “bad” in my life, I trust God. Bad just means it isn’t going as I planned but is humbling me into a mentality of acknowledging a need for a savior. There is a lot in my life that is not going as planned. Most of it in fact. I am sad to say that a friend I have had a brother in similar circumstances who was going through a tough time in his life. Lost his house, his wife divorced him and he chose to end his life. I am now praying more than ever for all who read this to understand that God gives you purpose because he has purpose for you. God has work for you. That is why you are still breathing.
I laid out all my gear to inventory it, I need to be purchasing a few pieces soon. Had a couple come check out my house midday today. They might rent my place. I have no plans to go anywhere. This all means something.. And my life goes on.
You can live in optimism with reality around the corner, and continue in your dream. If you dream in pessimism and reality and neither can pay rent, it is now that acknowledging that God was there they whole time will make you feel like a fool.
Peering at me 13 Chinese student faces admired. My polaroid transfer was almost dry, starched by the receiving paper made of rice. I had brought one hd camera, one panoramic camera and a polaroid camera to document the return of violinist Xiao Fu Zhao. Walking down Xing Xiung road my camera from 1968 caught the attention of some art students trying to make a living scamming tourists into purchasing their art, “on the last day possible”.. How do I know this, well I was their victim that day. I was fresh into Shanghai overwhelmed by the 25 million people making the city their own. Making it a new China with capable transitional means from a humble classic proud society to consuming tendencies full of capitalistic greed.
I was in China last October, 2007, to document the return of Xiao Fu to his hometown of Shanghai after 30 years abroad. The only problem was that the city he knew did not exist. In fact the land of his entire upbringing was now just a foundation lost for a venture capitalist whose enterprise was also lost in view by the smog mix of a million lives. Can where we started be found centuries later when the skyscrapers become empty and return to the ground as used metal?
Xiao Fu was the star performer. His bow was from 1760 and was worth over US$300000..to be continued.
in the quiet times of travel i become a character in my own play.
with the wind all around he holds me even though an orphan stands alone. The fields stays mowed as i repeat, i am not scared. The symphony stills plays when i sit down after my grand entrance to the city of palermo.
As I sit on a bed in a room of 9 feet by 5. With a window. My dad turns one year older today. I called him and nailed it. One of the best days of my trip so far calling him. So simple but so good. 40 Billion dollars helps a few billion people remember that the world can come together in the name of sport and competition. With a few words Putin talks to Bush while walking a mile long red flag symbolizing equality through communism. 080808. is a war that started today in between Russia and Georgia on your mind? A few people died. And now
the call to war has broken through a boundary not only in the BBC, but in my soul today as well. Emails are out and I want to go.
i want to capture hearts with the message of love.
Is it possible that the reason we walk is to lead others to the cure?
Hebrews 1:1 and so on as God has chosen for this age to speak through his Son Jesus.