So, Did You Say It?

“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”
— Ephesians 4:15, (NIV)

This was another one of “those” mornings. Those mornings where I start down one road and come smack up to something that hit’s me over the head and says, “it took you a while, but this is why you’re here”.

Lori and I were watching the early morning Seattle news and they talked about an artist coming to Seattle. So I looked up Shawn Colvin on YouTube. Nothing against this award-winning artist, but her performance, voice and style didn’t grab me. Soon I found myself looking at the names listed on the right side. You know, the related videos. A familiar name popped up so I found myself watching some Jewel videos. Jewel has a voice I have always enjoyed because of its uniqueness. What I found myself listening to was a song I had not heard, “Satisfied”.

It was then a small voice inside whispered, “this is where I wanted you to be. These are words I want you to hear”. God is so amazing. To me these words aren’t only about those we love and hold most dear, but about those we otherwise walk by or look past, leaving words unspoken.

“So did you say it
Did you mean it
Did you lay it on the line
Did you make it count
Did you look ’em in the eye
Did they feel it
Did you say it in time
Did you say it out loud
’cause if you did hun
Then you lived some
That feeling inside
That’s called satisfied”
– Jewel


Only From A Distance

“Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it, but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.”
— Charles A. Lindbergh

Still noodling this one because if it’s about life and living then it’s about me and you as children of God. As an artist and a photographer on one level I definitely get what he’s saying but feel like there more in that last part than what my mind is comprehending.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. But I will leave you with a beautiful photo from Earth Porn (love seeing their photos show up on my Facebook wall)–talk about inspirational! They make me want to get out and be “in the midst of it.”

“Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.”
— Genesis 2:1


“Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.”
— Genesis 2:1


Do What Comes Natural

“I didn’t expect anything (in return) nor did I want anything from it because it wasn’t something I wouldn’t have done on any other day.”
–Joey Prusak

Years ago I remember taking racquetball lessons, hoping they would help me be a better player. Yet, one of the things I remember most is how my racquetball seemed to worse after the lesson. That’s because I was thinking too much about what I had learned. But slowly what I learned became habits I didn’t have to think about, and I would like to say I started playing better than before the lessons.

As you and I learn and grow in Christ, there are new ways we have to learn, ways that are not natural to us. Watching this video of Joey Prusak reminded me of that. Daily each of us has opportunities toward “random acts of kindness”–ones which may seem small and insignificant. Which may seem awkward and confusing. But getting in the habit of being kind is something we, as His children, are called to do. No situation is random, nor should our kindness be. Our kindness should be something that sets us apart. What Joey did wasn’t small, it was natural to him. His only motivation was to right a wrong.

In His service,

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