I process best through writing. That even applies to my prayers. I know God knows my heart, my thoughts, my needs & wants. However, expressing them so that my brain can understand them usually writing. So, here I am.
Last week I prayed about my next steps in life. I was asking God to show me how I can best flesh out the things that He has placed in my life. How can I show His love to others through how He loves me? How did He design me to glorify Him? What passions and strengths are in me and what can I do to get fulfillment?
I got an answer. At least the beginning of one.
Photojournalism. See, I truly enjoy photography and capturing memories. I also love being somewhere, near or far, and witnessing or taking part in what God is doing. I want to share those moments or events with people and brag on God. I believe what is going on in Malawi, Africa has an impact on what is going on in St. Louis or LA or Japan or Austria. One of my strengths is empathy. I believe that experiencing other cultures, again near or far, expands one’s heart and understanding of people who are different from them, and that can develop into compassion. I know that understanding the motivation behind another person’s actions, about their past or culture or education or current living situation, makes them more human and relatable. People do bad things; I do not deny that. But, why?
OK, off track. I also really enjoying writing. Not only does it give me the chance to share my story, but I could use it to share what God is doing all over the world. I don’t currently share pics or report on about other people much. But what if I started another blog site where I do? So, when I go to Africa or the local park, I can share with the world what God is doing.
2 verses come to mind:
Proverb 25:25 (NASB) “Like cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a distant land.”
Isaiah 52:7 (ESV) “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’”
More to come soon as I get more direction. But, I’m excited to share (more)!