Filming is also one of my passions besides photographhy. I want to share with others about the experiences that I have when I go on mission trips. I want others to see how God is extending his love to those who need it through humanitarian support.
Oklahoma was a soft spot for me because a very similar tornado hit my families home (in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) a few years ago and we had lost everything. When I had the opportunity to fly out to Moore and Shawnee to give my time and energy to help these people, I went for it because I didn’t want to have any regrets about not doing something when I had the chance to do so.
This life is short and knowing this, we must continue to give through a life of love. In the end, it is the love that people will remember and they will always remember how you made them feel.
I was asked to share about ‘passion’ tomorrow morning at our english service at Faith & Hope Church. To be honest, I haven’t put much thought into what I was going to say and share about until earlier tonight.
What is passion?
When I think about passion, I think about what I love. I think about a fire that is burning deep down inside of me that I just cannot contain - something that I just want to share with everyone around me.
I love God. I love my family. I love photography. I love to serve others. These are the things that make me feel alive. These are the things that breathe life into my soul. These are the things that I am willing to work hard for, to suffer for, to be on fire for, and to even die for.
For many years I struggled with two things: to be the person that I believe society would value, accept, and respect by pursuing the conventional educational path which would lead to a degree and thus rewarding me with a high paying job. On the other hand, I have always known that I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps by owning my own business some day. What business - I had no idea until things started to come together for me once I had moved back to California. I discovered that I truly loved the art of photography and I wanted to develop this talent that God had given me - the gift of seeing the moment for what it was, helping others to remember those important memories, and to help others to see things from a different perspective that they would have missed otherwise.
I have always felt that society tends have a greater level of respect for people who earned degrees, who have high ranking positions within their respective companies, and who have many material possessions and the power to get more. We live in a culture of competing with one another and constantly living in a condition where we are never truly satisfied with what we already have thus leaving us always wanting more.
This past spring, after finally making it into nursing school, I was faced with a difficult decision: to drop my photography business to focus more on my studies or to pursue everything I knew I loved with all of my being. I felt that at that time of my life, I was having to split my devotion. It wasn’t fair to either side. You’re looking at 50/50 when it should really be giving it your 100 percent in one area of your life.
Through my clinical experiences, being sleep deprived from having to wake up at five o’ clock in the morning and consuming an ungodly amount of sugar and caffeine just to stay awake throughout the day, I was becoming more detached from my work and ultimately my client’s were not getting everything that they thought they had signed up.
So in May I made the decision to officially resign from nursing school and I decided to put my trust in God; to trust and believe that he had given me these desires in my heart for a reason, and that he would put it to good use for his purpose, his kingdom, and his glory.
When you see me now, when I’m actually in the act of ‘shooting’ with my clients. I come alive because the act of it makes me feel new again. I feel a deep sense of connection to the people I photograph, to the events and communities that I document, and the wonderful moments that I am allowed to experience.
What am I trying to tell the world?
Don’t merely exist to just survive. You were created to thrive. You were created to do greater things than just to fit societies mold of what they want and expect you to be. You have one life, use the gifts and talents that God has blessed you with to bring life to your family, your friends, your community, and ultimately your world.
The world doesn’t need another person to fill another ‘position’ if you aren’t passionate about it. What the world needs is for you to live your passion through the purpose of your work that they may also be inspired to find and do what they were created to do.
For some of us, God has created us to be the doctors, the teachers, the engineers, the social worker, the lawyer, the architect, the director, and for even a season we are meant to be students in order to learn from others - my point is that whatever it is, that we do it as if we are working for the Lord. In everything that we do, we must continue to give him thanks and all of the glory for where we are because without him, we wouldn’t have made it this far.
A life of passion means a life of love, intensity, dedication, excitement, fire, affection, and even eagerness. We must be eager to share our own personal experiences of what God has done for us, what he has given to us, so that it may awaken the rest of the sleeping generation. We must all become alive for one another that we can truly experience this life in all of it’s abundance.
This is true freedom, and this is the liberation that can only come through a life of knowing Jesus and pursuing the presence of God.
Reflection’s of her.
I’ll go anywhere with you.
Catch that bus!
Even in the wildnerness.
God you give me eyes to see things from a different perspective.
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