My prayer 👍
Hello, my name is Church. I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about me. I have no shortage of critics. Perhaps you have heard that I am boring, shallow, cheap and a waste of time. Perhaps you’ve heard that I am full of hypocrites, clowns, greedy people and the self righteous. Maybe you have visited me before and discovered horrible music, passionless singing, dry preaching and rude congregants. Maybe right when you needed me I was too busy, too ‘righteous’, too broke or too blind. Maybe you joined me, and found I was distant, demanding, dull and preoccupied. Maybe you tried to serve in me but were caught off guard by business meetings, committees, teams, debates and bureaucracy. Maybe you left, and you were surprised that nobody called, cared, noticed or invited you back. Perhaps your experience has driven you to speak negatively or me, swear to never come back to me, proclaim that no one needs me or believe you’re better off without me. If this is true, if your heart resonates with this, I have something to say to you: I’m sorry. I made a huge mistake and I was wrong. Please remember, my name is church; it isn’t perfection, it isn’t flawlessness, it isn’t completion. My name is church, and I welcome the hypocrite, the dry, the self-righteous and the shallow. I welcome the sincere, the passionate, the forgiving and the selfless. I cannot shut my doors to the people who in the past have made you angry, uncomfortable, impatient or self-conscious. But I can apologise for the fact that you may have been burned by me, and hope that someday, maybe, you’ll forgive me and come back.
Love, The Church. (via jacintanest)
This is powerful…
Did you know that when you do something to the best of your ability because you want to honor God, it opens the door to His blessing? That means it will be easier, it will go better, and you will accomplish more. That’s why no matter what we do, we should give it our best. This is especially true even in the little things. For example, when you’re doing the dishes or mowing the lawn, don’t drag around sour and frustrated. Mow with enthusiasm! Mow it like you’re on a mission from God. With every step, thank God that your legs work. Thank Him that you’re healthy and strong. At the office, don’t just do enough to get by. You’re not working unto people, you’re working unto God. Do it with your whole heart. When you volunteer at church, don’t wake up and think, “Awe, man. Why did I volunteer? I want to sleep in!” No, serve Him with all your heart because that’s what honors God. When you honor God,. He’ll honor you. He’ll give you His life, peace, health and blessing now and forevermore.
No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.
(Dead Poets Society, 1989)
Dead Poets Society
Night at the museum
What Dreams May Come
What Dreams May Come
Aladdin / The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Aladdin / Hook / Mrs. Doubtfire
Aladdin/ Mrs. Doubtfire / The Birdcage
Mrs. Doubtfire! bicentennial man. dead poets society. patch adams!
Patch Adams, Dead Poet’s Society
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"YOU’RE ONLY GIVEN A LITTLE SPARK OF MADNESS. YOU MUSTN’T LOSE IT." #RIP #RobinWilliams #laughterhidesaworldofpain
BOOK REVIEW: “Framing Faith: From Camera to Pen, An Award-Winning Photojournalist Captures God in a Hurried World” by Matt Knisely
I love anything having to do with pictures; taking them, editing them, looking at the work of others who have captured a picture from behind a lens. When I saw this book, I wanted to review it simply for the fact that it’s a book written by an amazing photojournalist.
I was NOT disappointed. The three sections of this book are terms used in photography; Focus, Capture and Develop. Each of the three sections had sub-sections. Attention, Perfection, Subject, Darkness and Light. Also included in this book are photographs. Before I read the book, I looked at the photos. I raised my eyebrows with some of them because they weren’t, at the time, beautiful. Some of them are spectacular. Yet I was focused on the ones that seemed “lacking” in beauty.
After reading Matt Knisely book, I have learned the following:
-As human beings in a face-paced, technological world, we don’t slow down enough. We don’t look at the beauty around us and actually SEE that beauty.
-There is beauty in absolutely EVERYTHING that God has created. Whether that be a sunset that God has painted across the evening sky, or a crow on the side of the road, picking at a dead animal. Look beyond what you see, and SEE it.
-Everyone in the Universe has a story. If you saw only the personal photographs of any individual’s life, you can get an idea about who they are. What they find beautiful. What makes them uniquely who they are.
This really opened my eyes to the beauty that I don’t see on a daily basis. If something is not aesthetically pleasing to our eyes, we don’t tend to find it beautiful. Nor do we look beyond just the image and see the bigger picture.
I loved this book. It is one that I could read numerous times, and still learn something new.
*****Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” *****
I am still here.. I am ISRAEL.
Floto+Warner Studio: Colorful Liquid Splashes Captured at 1/3500th of a Second Look Like Floating Sculpturest
Cassandra Warner and Jeremy Floto of Floto+Warner Studio recently produced this beautiful series of photos titled Clourant that seemingly turns large splashes of colorful liquid into glistening sculptures that hover in midair. The photos were shot at a speed of 1/3,500th of a second, taking special care to disguise the origin of each burst making images appear almost digital in nature (the duo assures no Photoshop was used).
WOW!!! So cool!!