Jack of all trades

November 20, 2016 — Leave a comment

I’m an artist– I wanted to be a comic book artist… I just couldn’t get in the door.

I’m a designer – I dreamed of working in a large design firm but my life could not withstand the time it would take.

I’m a writer – I have close to 1000 blog posts and articles I have written for various sources, but just never broke through the ceiling to make it substantial.

I’m a learner – but instead of going the typical college path I went into learning around mission work. I did missionary work but it never led to a career.

I’m a photographer – I love doing it and could see myself doing high profile shoots but I may be stuck in a place where I can only go so far with it.

I’m a musician – I have written songs and played for years, but I was born in the wrong era to make it in the business and I’m not thin enough to become a rock star.

I’m a fashion designer – I used to design dresses and clothing lines, but I gave it up for marketing

I’m a salesman – I was a top sales person in the entire USA for two companies I was with, but I gave up sales to pursue things I gave up previously.

I am chock full of useless information and can fix anything; I am…

God has given me the ability to be a jack of all trades. I don’t write this out of pride. Instead it might be out of frustration.

They say that it takes 10,000 hours to master something, but I’m not sure I’ve had the ability to master anything.

For me that has been frustrating and being a freelancer now to pay the bills has given me a world with little reward, no metrics, and I can’t find my identity in what I am.

I’m a father; I’m a husband; and I would not give up either for anything in this world but that is not my identity.

I am because He IS.
I can find my reward and identity in Jesus.

I was praying one day in a wonderful “woe is me” state and God said:
“Be a master at showing people Jesus loves every bit of who they are… Even the things that they would consider being worthless.”

I’m a jack of too many trades, but I’m willing to put the 10,000 hours into becoming a master at sharing the story of a God who is willing to do anything just to wake us up to the realization that he loves every bit of His perfect creation… Us.

The announcement of election happened and our kids were worried about our result. They had many questions and we talked through politics on different levels for our 4 kids different ages, but We had only one thing that we needed to say that they all needed to get.
“God is not surprised, God is not worried, We should not be either and we should pray and love and walk out our faith.”

Then Trump’s day 1 happened and bigotry on so many fronts publicly reared it’s ugly head across the US in a way that is heart-wrenching and breaks God’s heart. So I sat with my kids this morning before I dropped them off at school and told them:

“People can’t blame trump for their choices. Their wrongful actions are THEIR actions. At the same time you guys need to know that no action is an action. Today when you go to school if you see anybody speaking or bullying people because they aren’t like them, are from another country, have a different religion, or a different color remember that they were made in the image of God and you need to stand up for those who are being told they are anything less than beautiful and God’s creation.. say something, step in the middle, and make sure your teachers know. As people who love Jesus we NEED to be different, speak differently, and ACT differently.”

My politics for 2016

October 13, 2016 — Leave a comment

MY ONLY POLITICAL POST:

I have been praying and thinking for days about the plight of our country, society, communities, families… I find myself just saddened over what I see.

I am watching racism, bigotry, sexism, bitterness, fighting, greed, deception, vile discussion, character assassination and more… I’m not talking about the presidential election. I am speaking about what I see in people’s discussions over the election and it’s candidates.

Person after person on social media ranting and raving about how evil hillary is and how disgusting trump is and in the next breath act exactly the same way with those they are talking with.

I’m coming at this from purely a flawed christian point of view. I believe in a God that not only loves but IS LOVE. It is the church’s responsibility to express this reckless love that has no strings attached, that doesn’t enable evil but also knows how to give out the grace that we have been given. Yet as much as that is true, it is literally the opposite of what I am seeing.

We have two people to vote for. Neither are great on policy. Neither are great morally. Neither measure up and we are stuck with an interesting dilemma on who to vote for. With that said regardless of who they are and what they have done it should not in any way define how you choose to speak to those around you or what garbage you sling on Facebook. You can’t blame the political situation for your complete disregard of your call to breathe life into this world.

Those of us who know God are literally called to bring heaven to earth by our words, by our actions and by how much we love. For those who don’t know God or don’t want to pick up a bible, WE are the only bible they will read. Instead of a verbal diarrhea of doom and trash talk which results in increasing our label as hypocrites and convincing people God is a jerk, we should be taking this opportunity to show people how Good, how gracious, how forgiving, and how loving God is.

We should not spend the next two weeks mudslinging and then after election in quiet prayer for the president. We should be singing praise to our God now for his peace in situations that make no sense.

Both candidates have slogans but the only one we should be preaching is that our hope is built on Jesus and regardless of what happens HE/WE WILL NOT BE SHAKEN.

And then for those of you who just can’t stop filling the internet with garbage that points to UNTRUE characteristics of a good God… STOP.

Pastors and leaders be careful what you type because people might not remember your sermons every week but the internet remembers what you type.

We have the opportunity to recover the things that have been stolen from our lives. The peace, the joy, the hope etc… It starts with our faith in a God who is unchanging and our choice to daily work on being more like Him.

We should ALL take a close look at what is coming out of our mouths because if it is not true, noble, kind, good, lovely, authentic, compelling, gracious, the best, the beautiful, praise, peace, love… If it isn’t pointing to a Good Good father then you need to work on what is on YOUR inside instead of going after others… SO THAT GOD MIGHT BE GLORIFIED and you can make the invisible God visible to those around you.

This song below from Tim Hughes inspired from the psalms is my prayer for myself right now. Im responsible for ME… Those who read this might want to use this as their prayer too:

“May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart
Bless Your name, bless Your name, Jesus
And the deeds of the day and the truth in my ways
Speak of You, speak of You, Jesus

For this is what I’m glad to do
It’s time to live a life of love that pleases You
And I will give my all to You
Surrender everything I have and follow You
I’ll follow You

Lord, will You be my vision, Lord, will You be my guide
Be my hope, be my light and the way
And I’ll look not for riches, nor praises on earth
Only You’ll be the first of my heart”

With my eyes wide open:
Miracles and Mistakes on My Way Back to KoRn
By Brian “Head” Welch
Published by Thomas Nelson

Woah! calm down there friends.. stick around for this one. I know the title might have thrown you off and you are thinking this is a review of a new “CREED” album, but it’s not. This is the second book from Brian “head” Welch. His first one, went through his testimony talking all about his band, his life, his drugs, his destruction and ultimately his salvation and it was fantastic. So naturally I was excited and anticipating a follow up.

This book takes us in deeper into the nuances of his life, choices, solo career, his personal band, His walk with Jesus and then his decision to rejoin the band KORN. Being a pastor of a church dedicated to the recovery of people addicted to anything but Jesus, I am very drawn to stories like his. Brian went through pretty much everything and almost lost everything. I have seen the ugly side of the christian music world, heck for that matter the church in general. He experiences the hardships that come from being in the body and being reminded that the church is broken too. What is amazing about his story is the testimony of God’s faithfulness and seeing His church truly attempt to love like Jesus did for this man and his family. Eventually another member in Korn found hope and Jesus and I’m sure God isn’t done yet.

One of my favorite segments on brian which aligns with this book, is from the movie Holy Ghost. Watch it below and maybe it will make you consider reading his story.

 

Understanding Exposure, Fourth Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera Paperback –
by Bryan Peterson

Well this is my first photography book to review and I am delighted to say I picked a great first one. The Dance between shutter speed, aperture, and exposure is kind of a tough one to wrangle. I’m still learning that end even though I have been this book really opened up my mind. Many other sources go into explaining the why and how, but I have never really understood it. I love that the book goes into detail and then backs it up with photos that not only show the image taken but show the photographer taking it. This inside look actually made things so much clearer for me.

It also includes suggestions on how to create exercises from the techniques laid out. I am looking forward to trying out many of these ideas. One of them was waving quickly a blanket or curtain behind a persons head and then shooting at a slow shutter speed to get a blur behind them. That is pure brilliance and I can’t wait to try it.

It is just so full of good things and imagery. I would give this simple read 4 out of 5 stars. Glad I got it and even more glad to put it’s ideas and expertise into practice in my own work.

I received this book free from the publisher through the Blogging for Books book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”