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This was a different kind of beauty that I saw up in Chataloochee.
I really love this place, if I ever get to shoot a wedding (I hope to get good enough to do that) this is where I would suggest doing the engagement pictures. I hate to use the words "enchanting" and "magical" but there are times when you can't even explain the beauty that you see. God. Is. Awesome!
Over the past two years or so I've had a lot of recurring thoughts going through my mind. One of the biggest ones perhaps is this: If I really believe the things I say I believe how should I be living my life. This is an incredibly heavily loaded question that reaches into all aspects of life. One area that this question has pried, poked, and caused discomfort in-general is the issue of sharing my faith. I used to "share" my "faith" a lot when I was younger and did a thing called CEF which ministered to children. There was only one problem...I wasn't saved! I was a false convert preaching an un-clear (at best) gospel. It wasn't until the age of 15 that I realized that I was a sinner and humbled myself and repented and trusted in Jesus. When that happened a whirlwind of changes happened and over the past 4 years God has changed me so much. Something that God has been working on me for the past 12 months especially is preaching the Gospel to the unsaved. If I believe that all people who have not had their sins forgiven by God will spend an eternity in hell, and if I believe that Jesus' sacrifice is the only way people can have their sins forgiven, and I know what they must do to be saved...well I think you know where I'm going with this. Although I am a caveman when it comes to manners and etiquette (I try my best, God is working on me) (thanks to all my friends for putting up with me) I like to think of myself as a chivalrous kinda guy. I would like to think that I would push a child out of the way of a car and get hit myself, or that I would take on a guy twice my size to defend a lady, or sacrifice myself to help an elderly man. However when I think about all the lost people I come in contact with everyday and yet keep to myself to avoid discomfort I must hang my head in shame.
Bele-Chere is coming up and myself and another guy from church plan to go and do some witnessing there. I would also like to start going somewhere on a regular basis. I'm going to spend the next couple of weeks (sporadically) talking about evangelism, how my doctrine effects how I will evangelize, and why you should be sharing your faith. I hope to guilt as many Christians as possible into sharing their faith :) (guilt is not necessarily a bad thing is it?) . I do not however want to guilt anyone into a specific ministry. Your thing might not be going out on the streets doing one to one, it might be handing out tracts, or it might be just sharing the gospel with people you already know and come in contact with on a regular basis . Or maybe you have influence on the web and can share the gospel that way. Whatever it is please find something to do.
Perhaps the person who has helped me the most with this is the Apostle Paul. His life was totally centered around the Gospel, it's what he lived for, it's what he breathed for, it's what he was persecuted for, and it's what he died for.
More on this whole subject later.
I hope everyone has a great week.