Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I just bought myself another iPod. My first one was sold in order to buy my bicycle. It gets plenty of use. But I can remember lamenting on many occasions that I had even sold the iPod in the first place. I have found myself in many situations where I had time on my hands, and I could get a sermon in, or listen to a passage of scripture I was trying to memorize. So I took the plunge and bought a REFURBISHED iPod.

Minor plug for refurbished merchandise: You buy it from the original manufacturer, so it comes with a warranty. It is still cheaper than it was brand new, but you don't have to worry about buying something at as-is quality. I've bought all of my laptops refurbished, and have been VERY pleasantly surprised with the quality at a lesser cost.

Anyway, it is twice as big as, and cost less than, my first one. I guess holding out was worth it. I can't wait to get the ESV on there, and John MacArthur's sermons. I even have a tape that fits in the tape deck of my car and runs from the iPod to play its contents through the speakers. I am looking forward to driving home for Christmas listening to something.... good.

My thoughts today

10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A good rumination for the times we live in. Simple, yet profound.

As the weeks close in on my 30th birthday, I'm thinking it might be time for a haircut...

Sorry, nothing more to post today. Just working hard at being an architect, which is my reasonable act of service, considering my propensity to laziness and selfishness.

Monday, December 15, 2008

It's monday, and I'm tired. Need to be more serious about that 9 pm bedtime, I think.

A few thoughts, though.

Good post over at Team Pyro today.

Also, isn't it sometimes surprising when we realize that we try to avoid hurting others by our sin out of some self-righteous drive to avoid "sinning" when we actually offend God every moment, and we give little thought to that dimension? The post at TeamPyro today reinforced that reflection.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

What we need here...

Now that the breathing room has increased, I'm thinking.

Dangerous, I know.

First off, I decided to go on the chase in 2009. Jenna is paying for it. I will get another round of photos for my use. I cannot look at the entirety of what this will do for me all at once. I think I need to start looking at the positive side of this venture. This is to serve Jenna. Not myself. I would rather go into this with the mindset of "how can I serve God with this opportunity and gift?" than look excessively for the negative sides and then blowing them out of proportion and saying "Look! I told you it was a bad idea."

I was looking at the websites of some incredible light artists and just KNOW that I can reproduce that. I began thinking of all the lighting setups I could create on the fly, and how easy it can all be with the right equipment. So I just said to myself:

"Self. You understand this more than architecture. You enjoy this more than architecture. You can do this by yourself more than architecture. You are gifted at this more than architecture. It is okay if you develop this hobby on the side, but DEVELOP it indeed! Don't let it just sit there and languish because you are guilty about focusing on it. You are well aware that you can do code, and that is about it. You serve your boss and coworkers, but you don't plan to run an office, nor do you desire it. But you DO desire to engage photography, and you're not unable to do that. So, go. Do it. Keep your day job, and do this. It's not as if it is not lucrative in itself."

So, I need:

1. a domain name
2. the Canon 1D Mark II
3. business cards
4. a small softbox
5. a portable light stand
6. a transmitter
7. a car battery

Anyone have the number to National Geographic?

And now, for something completely different...

Friday, December 05, 2008

Have a good weekend.

Here's one for the road, encouragement from our brother.

Being dead, they speak.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

I just want to know...

are you burdened for them? Will you weep for them?

For your brothers and sisters? For those living a lukewarm "faith," walking along the border, not passionate about entering completely? For those who have rejected Him, who are running as hard and as fast as they can to the City of Destruction?

Who will go to the Lord and weep for them?

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Just because you haven’t changed all the way doesn’t mean that you aren’t changed and that doesn’t mean you aren’t changing. You may still feel the pull of the peer pressure but all this should do is prove to you that you do need to renew your mind (Romans 12:2). You do need to cast down contrary thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:5), and think on good things (Philippians 4:8). You do need to realize that bad company corrupts good morals (1 Corinthians 15:33). You must water that seed, till that soil, and grow in the knowledge and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).

-Voice of Vision

Let's see. This morning I am longing to be in bed with a good book. I can't wait for Friday, when I head to my little cabin to get away from everything and absorb myself in my book, a little sunshine, some campfire, a horseback ride. Oh, I don't do this often enough.

Monday, December 01, 2008

I don't have a phone right now. And I'm surviving amazingly well.

Maybe I should give this greater thought?