What are you committed to?
"Nothing shapes your life more than the commitments you choose to make. Your commitments can develop you or they can destroy you, but either way they will define you." Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life
As I read this it made me stop in my tracks. It was a real "gut check." What drives me? Am I more committed to be a devoted follower of the Cross and what it represents or more concerned with being the best photographer I can be? Sadly, I have to admit that I spend much more time on my craft than the cross. I spend most of my waking hours talking about, reading, researching, teaching and doing photography. There's nothing wrong with that, it's my job and I understand that's pretty normal. But what about when I'm not working? How do I spend or invest that time?
Our time on earth is so short. I know this statement may weed out some of my friendships or relationships, but in no way do I believe that this life is all there is. No, I'm not coming back for round two or three, possibly as some other life form. And thank the Lord I'm not going to live forever on this earth, in this body that is slowly dying every single day. I believe there will be eternal life for all of us. We will spend eternity somewhere, it just won't end with the grave. If I didn't believe that, my life would look a lot different, and I'm sure I wouldn't be "better" because of that.
What about you? We are probably friends or you wouldn't have landed here on my blog. As a friend, I care about you and your life...now and later! I'd love nothing more than to chat with you about this. Let's grab a cup of coffee and talk about it. It's not my intention to "sell you" on anything, just to let you know how much the God of the Universe loves you and cares about you!
I think God has gifted you with an amiable temperament and an awesome knowledge and love for photography that renders you particularly well suited to share the Gospel with people you interact with (including the internet). Pick a morning and a time next week. I'll call you with coffee in hand. . .
Great thought for a day or a lifetime.
After a crazy week at work, and running around Saturday Morning I took my boys to church and we went to confession together, and then just sat in the presence of the Lord. The peace that came over a 43, 11 and 7 year old was profound and wonderful. Turned my weekend around, and reminded me what my real mission is.
Keep up the wonderful writing and evangelization.
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