Good Wednesday morning! As I was spending some quite time this morning reflecting, praying and reading Gods word, I had a thought that I wanted to share with you. As I mentioned in my very first post, I am a devoted follower of Jesus Christ, a loving husband, and a proud father of two incredible little boys, and (sometimes) a savvy business man.... specifically in that order. Because this is the measuring stick by which I compare all activities in my day to day life, and even future plans, I plan along this measuring stick. As I sat in quite this morning I was reminded how blessed I am to have a wife that supports and encourages me. She has been God's instrument of comfort, love and affection when I have needed it most. She has been my shelter to which I hide when my soul is troubled most. She is the wind beneath my wings that has caused me to rise and pursue greatness, and to soar higher when the storms of life encroach. Thank you Carolina Sabogal Epperson for all you do in spite of me being, most of the time, stubborn man!
So this brings me to what I was reminded of this morning and why I felt it was a good thought for all of you. You see my wife is a very talented photographer. She shoots weddings, and family photos. Here is a link to her website, check it out if you would like, and tell her I sent you her way, ;) It'll give me browny points! Carography Studios. She is one of the most caring, passionate photographers I have seen and know of. I know, because since she is in the business I have met ALOT of photographers. It seems in that industry there can be a strain of arrogance that quite frankly is off putting. Anyway I digress... So as I sat here thinking of my life with my wife, it occurred to me how she has to constantly focus on her subjects, her targets (if you will allow me to use a military euphemism) Now imagine all you can be, all that you are is like a camera. A sophisticated, professional camera, such as the Cannon 5D Mark III, my wife uses. We, as talented individuals are made for a purpose. We have been given all the tools to pursue and perfect our purpose here in this life. Our goals that we have established for our selves are our cameras subjects. Maybe your goal is to become a better father, mother, or to learn more patience with your spouse. Possibly to become more dedicated to a higher calling. Maybe its to create and grow a thriving successful business. Our camera is all the God given talents and abilities that you have. Now you can take a lot of different pictures of your goals, and you can spend countless hours trying to get that perfect picture. The problem is who do you have focusing on that goal, that subject?
Lets also assume that we, have the same talent to focus on our goals (just like a photographer) that I have... none! Now I can try and try. I have. And bless my wife's heart, she is gracious and lauds affection and praise on my efforts... but at the end of the day, not one of my photographs would meet her stringent, meticulous requirements. So I need to give the camera over to someone who knows how to manipulate and control that camera. Then they will begin to get the targets, the goals of my life into focus. Yet not only into focus, they will begin to capture and take hold of goals that, had I been in charge of that camera, would have never seen.
So my question to you, in thought this morning, is who is controlling your talents and abilities? If its you, you may been spending an unimaginable amount of time trying to get your goals into focus and capture that "perfect moment". What if you were to give your camera over to the One who created you, who "knitted [you] together in [your] mothers womb". I mean, who better knows the talents and abilities that you have better than the one who made you?!
So in parting my friends, consider your goals, and look to see what your talents and abilities are. In whose hands are the talents of your life? Yours the novice wannabe photographer, or the Maker, Designer and Craftsman who put that "camera" together in the first place? Have a fantastic week and tell the ones you love how much you do love them!