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Want to have some fun?  Read Goldilocks and Three Bears to a bear cub, they’ll  love it!!!

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The funny sign above probably describes how almost everyone in America is feeling right now about the state of our country!  Everyone has their own truth and it leads us to say these things to one another:
I’m right and you’re wrong.
I’m worthy and you’re not.
You’re ideas won’t work but mine will!
You’re bad, but I’m good!
You’re not very smart, but I am!
The big question is this; who’s right?
Who can be the authority to settle our disagreement?
For me, the final authority is not a politician, or a college professor, a
scientist, or even a famous movie star or athlete! For me, if there was a God, and I know there is, I will look to Him!
So what did God say to us about who is right and who is wrong!?
He laid it out in Romans 3:23  “Yes, all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious ideal.”
So there you have it, we’re all wrong, we are all sinners and have no right to acuse each other of  being wrong, since, we all are.  Jesus said” He that is without sin, let him cast the first stone.”
The next verse is the great news; Romans 3:24  “yet now God declares us “not guilty” of offending him if we trust in Jesus Christ, who in His kindnss freely takes away our sins.”

 

How does this settle who is right on the myriad of political disagreements we have with one another???!!!  Simple, once you have admitted you are a sinner and asked with true repentance, (sincere regret and remorse), He through the Word and the Holy Spirit will lead you into all truth.  It starts with self examination, turning to Him for forgiveness, and then the offering of Grace, (unmerited favor), to your fellow man.

 

 

We can’t go on like this, filled with hate, resentment, unforgiveness, and hostility toward one another.  Any voice that tells you, other wise is leading you astray. Letting those emotions rule us will only lead to terrible things.

 

 

I found another sign that, while not sophisitcated and pristine, it speaks the most powerful truth, that we all need to hear and act upon!  As we are just past the Chrismtas Season, may we allow God to change our hearts, and may we let Him bring Peace on Earth and Good Will to Men.  I’m ready for His better way!

 

 

 

 

I pray that you will ask God to reveal to you His truth, the only truth that matters.

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

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Today I started the process of looking through 35,000 color transparencies, (1,750 pages, 20 slide each), to prepare to throw away the vast majority!  This represents the first 41 years of my life as a photographer. The photograph above represents about of 15% of the slides to be sorted!!!  I thought it would be approriate to place my first serious camera, a Nikon Nikkormat FTN on top of the first pile!

 

Why am I throwing way nearly 35,000 color slides?  With the exception of family and friends images of which there are probably around a thousand, the rest were all shot long before I matured as a shooter and increaed my skills and vision.  In short compared to what I have shot since the digital age began, the last 18 years, these are far inferior!  Secondly, I will turn 75 in early Februay and while I feel good today, at this age, the clock is ticking.  I simply don’t want my family to have to deal with  all this when I go to be with the Lord!  I also have a massive collection of photography books that I acquired over the years and in fact were my photo education, those are being donated to Liberty University along with a bunch of photo equipment that I rarely use anymore, but that the students of Tim Issacson’s classes may get some good use from!

 

I am sitting at my light table and going through them page by page and pulling any I might want to scan in the future and the images of family and friends. It has been a  bitter sweet process as memories of many great trips all around the world have spilled out on the light table.  Africa, three trips to the Galapagos Islands, numerous trips to Canada and Alaska, over 25 visits, (each) to the major U.S. National Parks, France, and the list goes on and on.  I’ve seen a lot wonderful faces of friends together having fun out in-the-field, it has beem a great day, with several more sorting days to follow!!!

 

I’m not bragging, I’m actually praising God for the incredible life He has blessed me to live! So many great memories , so many great friends and assoicates, and what a wonderful family.  A man could not ask for more!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

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