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2 years, 3 months ago 4

 

What are you doing?  What are your goals?  Naturally, we all are working, raising a family, maintaining a marriage, keeping the house standing upright, and cutting the grass!  But aside from the maintenance side of life what are you focused on. I would dare say that for almost everyone it falls in several broad catagories;

 

1.  Getting what I want for myself.  Security, health, recognition, love, possessions.

 

2.  Helping others get what they want.  Serving others, watching over others, attempting to protect others.

 

3.  Doing what God has planned for me.  Listen and say yes!

 

All of our lives are a combination of those categories.   I think it is normal to have a little of each in your make up, however to have your life heavily weighted in the first category is very dangerous.  When we invest in just ourselves and our wants and needs, we build a wall around ourselves.  Eventually that wall becomes so think and tall that people can’t get in.  What we own will soon own us!  Long term peace and joy never comes from the physical weight of your possessions or toys.

 

Number two, serving others can be rewarding and to a certain level a very good thing, however we must always test our motives for why we are doing it.  Selfless service to others can be a wonderful way of blessing others, but if done with a strong motive of what I may get back, it can become destructive.

 

Only number three, serving Him, can lead to a joyful life filled with true contentment.  A heart that is truly turned over to God, will seek what is best for others and themselves.  It’s not wrong to want nice things, it’s a mistake to think, in the long view, they mean all that much!

 

Be blessed,

 

the pilgrim

2 years, 3 months ago 2

I  know I came down a little hard yesterday on working an event like the Derby, but I had a reason, it was a set-up, I set you up!  God has taught me some very valuable lessons over my life.  Maybe one of the most important is that no matter how bad you think things are , they could be much worse.  The photo above was made of me early in my career when I worked in Eastern Kentucky for a coal company.  My job required me to go into the mines quite a lot.  I will be very honest, I didn’t like it a bit.  I was scared down in the mines, and for good reason, it was a very dangerous environment.  I saw more than few men die during those times I was working in and out of the mines.

 

When I finally left that industry, I never looked back, but I never forgot how thankful I was to work, above ground!  God lets us experience things sometimes that may not be pleasant, but leads us to an understanding of just how fortunate we are, and how much He has blessed us!  Do I want to go back into the mines?  No way, but I’m glad that I had that experience, it reminds me often that my worst day is nothing like as bad as those days, five miles back under a mountain with only 32 inches from top to bottom to crawl around in.

 

Don’t curse God for your circumstances, ask Him to show you what He wants you to learn from them.  Know that He never allows anything to come into our lives that will not help us in the long run.  If you’ve given Him your life, you can trust Him with it!  And the next time you think you’re having a tough day, stare at the photograph above for a few minutes!  I bet you will feel better!  If I endured it for no other reason than to make you thankful you’re not in the picture, it was worth it……

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

2 years, 3 months ago 8

First day at the Derby, the gear arrived today, and as usual, it was a load!  Over 75 bodies, 12 600′s, 12 400′s, 8 500′s, a dozen 300 f2.8′s 23 28-70′s and more and more goodies!

For the benefit of all my friends that think no one could be luckier than being at the Derby, here is how it all arrives, in 14 rolling cases and large, heavy pelican cases.  Arrives means at the street about 50 yards for the Media building.  It was a simple job to push them over half a football field of cobblestone, not sweat, well actually I was ringing wet by the time we got them all in.  Then it was unload, every trunk, check every serial number, and organize everything for loans to start tomorrow!

Then sort the 24-70 from the 14-24, put all the teleconverters together, line up all the 300 f 2.8s and 200-400s.

Now all I have to do is set up the loan department, help Francis get ready to do clean and checks, pay for lunch for all the photographers and help sort out the shooters vests for the media from all over the world!  Just another fun filled day on vacation!

 

O.K. enough with the sarcasm, I really don’t hate this job, and the work involved, I just get tired of well meaning buddies, thinking I’m off hobnobing with George Clooney, drinking Mint Juleps, and winning on the horses!  Hey really don’t want to do any of that anyway.  You see,  God always has a better plan, a much better one, so I’ll just suffer through another Derby, and wait and see what God has planned!

 

It’s amazing how he uses these situations!

 

the pilgrim

 

2 years, 3 months ago 0

 

This week, starting tomorrow, I will be at Churchill Downs for the week.  It is a great assignment as we get to see and visit with lots of great friends in the horse racing photography world.  This is a great historic place that holds a lot of meaning for many Kentuckians, most of whom love horse racing.  I could take it or leave it.  I think it is colorful and entertaining, but it’s just not my cup of tea!  I will be working with a great team, Sara Moosebugger, our tech from Los Angeles, and Francis Yeh our repair tech out the New York office, great folks!

 

Pray that this week that God will give me many  opportunities to serve others for His sake and in His name. When hundreds, thousands of people are going to be around your life, God can open so many doors to offer encouragement, a kind word, even just a warm smile.  The longer I walk this path with Him, the more I realize how much He wants us to just be there, ready to serve Him.   The miracles of daily life with Him are incredible, the greatest blessings in life happen when you simple stand where he planted yo, and reach out with His love to others.  Please pray that I will stay focused on His work, His will,  this week!

 

I’m going to let you in on a little secret, when you ask God to give you opportunities to serve Him, He will!  I promise to share the miracles that He will bring to pass this week.

 

the pilgrim