Guidance Optional (or is it?)
Days melt away without accountability. I think it has been a day or two without devotion and prayer, and it’s been five. June 29th was the last blogpost, and it really only feels like 3 days. Human beings need to be held accountable, or we just go our own way and do our own thing. We are living in a day where evil deeds are prolific, but someone else is blamed. It’s like a child walking up and slapping his mother, but blaming his dad because he is a bad leader. Using bad examples to become bad examples feeds evil intent. Instead, we should look at bad examples and work at becoming better. Romans 12:17 tells us not to reward evil for evil, but to provide good and honest things in the sight of all men.
I know how to get places, but sometimes I will turn on the navigator. Besides directions, navigators warn us about roadblocks, problems ahead, speed limits, and when the next turn or detour is. I am better with direction than I am without. I have been told my compass is off kilter, and I am directionally challenged. When I first started the business, I bought a camera and ran with it. No mentors, no books, no one that went before me to guide and help me with business sense, technique, or anything to do with photography. My husband showed me how to set up and balance a spread sheet, but I never did it.
A few years ago, I met Jason Lanier and his wife at WPPI in Vegas. He opened my eyes and I discovered mentorship. The main thing I held onto from him is to work hard, but in the time, and don’t expectgreatness to come out of lazy. That is Biblical. Even when the Lord performed miracles, there was work involved. Not so we can boast or take credit, all glory belongs to the Lord, but to see how much the requested need was really wanted. How desperate are you for good things - a change of life, or something to make life better? Are you looking for help (navigation) or hoping things happen on their own? After my encounter with JL, I have found photographers whose style impressed me, and have been constantly learning from them. I have gone into debt buying tutorials, editing tools, and workshops (a habit I have since stopped).
We all need guidance. We are a lost, selfish bunch, mostly doing whatever we want to, until something or someone changes our direction, perception or mind. I was driving home from Tucson and I was on a stretch of road without speed limit signs, so I turned on the navigator and I received what I am sharing from my spirit. I have been studying the Bible on how to be closer to our Heavenly Father and have found the closer I get to our creator, the further I want to get from things that are not good for me. I want more solid food, less junk that does not nourish. I thanked the Lord for giving me the navigator comparison and I thought wow, this is cool. That’s when my mind heard, “Good, let me use you.” Unfortunately, my sarcastic self came back too quickly, “Why not, everyone else does.” Oops. I need more work.
Some scriptures on needing to follow in the steps of Jesus:
John 14:6 Jesus is the only way to reach the Father.
Jeremiah 21:8 “And to this people you will say, ‘the Lord says, behold I set before you the way of life and the way of death.’”
Psalms 139:24 “See if there is any wicked thing in me and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalms 1:6 “For the Lord knows the way of the righteous; but the way of the ungodly will perish.”
GPS = God's Protection System
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