Stay Focused

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” -Socrates

I had a little epiphany this morning.

First of all, as a little side note to my Confession series- I’ve been contemplating a reining in season for myself. When I started this blog in October, I was literally floating on a cloud of peace- focused on God.

To be honest, sometimes I fear lately… that I spend more time talking ABOUT God, than I do talking TO Him. And I don’t even talk ABOUT Him that much anymore. So, that’s resolution #1 this year.

I have a tendency to run VERY far ahead of Him- and I can almost envision myself tripping up. Not drinking, but that free will run riot thing.

It is an absolute MUST for me to stop and listen to Him, and my eagerness and excitement about life these days can get in the way of that. Like Gil always says… my faith is very childlike… and I really DO feel like a child. And my Father needs to be in my sights…

…or I am doomed.

That being said- the epiphany was while I was sitting outside, thinking about all of that.

I was lost in thought- and heard the old crow across the bridge. I was woken from my thought slumber, and considered running inside to grab my camera. That’s when it hit me.

Photography is not just a hobby. It’s a tool. It forces you to LOOK and LISTEN. It gets you OUT of your head, and teaches you to pay attention to what’s around you. That’s an awesome tool!

Then I thought about writing. Writing is also a tool. It helps you make sense of the garbled thoughts that run wildly through your head, and you discover that they actually mean something. Like all that I’ve learned about myself through my writing! If I hadn’t put those thoughts onto paper, there is no way I’d be as far along as I am today, you know?

And, of course, my writing is really only helpful when I do it slowly… with prayer and conversation with God. When I write, or perhaps better stated- when I write effectively– it’s on account of pausing, asking, and listening.

So… today I realized: ONE– that God must come first always, and I need to focus on that this year- and be sure to LISTEN to Him, and TWO– that photography and writing really ARE gifts from God. They are tools!

My prayer today is that others will find the tools they need… to keep them on the right path… towards a better life- full of Christ’s love, peace and joy.

The quote above, by Socrates, has been a favorite of mine for awhile. It is so true.

I had other things I was struggling with, besides booze, and focusing on the NEW (and prayer and God’s Word, of course) literally put those things out of my mind.

They just dissolved.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” – Isaiah 43:18-19

A Way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, indeed!

Thank you Father!

And lastly- Marcus– the photo is my first attempt at a stranger portrait. I DID ask the boys if they minded if I took their photos while they skateboarded. I want to do a better, facial portrait, before I post results on your comments section- but it was fun to experiment.

And I’m afraid I could see them getting nervous, knowing I was pointing a camera at them, so I decided to let them be. But, I did show them my shots and they were excited about this one. They said it was SICK. That’s a good thing. 🙂

I really doctored it up, to look more like art, because of the movement that was going on. And unfortunately I missed his hands in the air. That would have been perfect!

God is GREAT, and life sure is GOOD!

Peace and love everyone!!

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13 Comments

  1. My initials in the pic!

    Also think of your grandson at the park when he runs everywhere with no thought of You. He’s out exploring looking feeling living joyful. You don’t tell him to get back right next to grandma. You keep an eye on him you want him to thrive and live and enjoy being a child.
    Your thoughts are good
    Your doing good
    Good to be introspective and to remind yourself of keeping main thing the main thing but your also free to live knowing he has your back

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      1. Thanks Janet. Starting a new blog is always like talking into a paper bag at first. It’s always encouraging to hear of people reading one’s first posts.

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  2. Love that you did it, Janet! And it is an awesome image! I also love what you say about photography, that it opens eyes and ears and the soul to the stories of life. It is a gift that we must use well. Thanks for sharing this, it means a lot! Marcus

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  3. Cool pic! Awesome message! I write about my struggles with quieting myself during prayer. God does want us to draw near and pray ….finally, I realized My prayers were talking at God, rather than having a relationship and conversation. I believe God hears every prayer and will answer them in His time and His way. Photography, especially sunrise and sunsets I find, helps me calm myself. Thank you for sharing your gifts!

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