if we have the opportunity to walk away

Here’s the deal: if we’re going to have this relationship with each other – if we’re going to be intimate and close, which I want, then you have to be able to hurt me. Because unless you can hurt me, we can’t be intimate, I would just be a control freak.

This is really true in all our relationships, isn’t it? If you’re dating a girl and you’re trying to manipulate and control and keep her from seeing this other guy or worried about whether she’s going to fall for this other guy, or you’re worried because she seems interested in your friends – it’s just not the sort of relationship that God has with humanity at all.

God just says this: I’m going to be really, really good. If you want this, I want this too. If you don’t, you can go. He’s not a control freak. He’s not a manipulator. He’s not co-dependant. And the only way that He’s saying we can be close to Him is if we have the opportunity to walk away and we don’t do it.

~don miller

be near to us

from soren kierkegaard:

Our Father, be near to us with Thy power so that we may feel a joyous assurance of heart that Thou art not far from us, but that we live and move and have our being in Thee.

current EF discussion

so in my online life, i spend some time on a message board where there’s generally some great discussion that goes around… the current discussion is basically over whether or not God created evil.

it’s really a rather interesting problem when you think about it, and basically centers around this idea of whether or not we have true “free will” and how far that free will extends. while i’m certainly not God and don’t claim to have any or all of the answers, it’s none the less an interesting discussion.

feel free to comment on your views of how much free will we have or don’t have in the determining of our actions.

buy me things

so i want a lens for my camera… more precicely i want someone to buy me a lens for my camera.

i want some sort of 12-24mm zoom lens for a nikon mount digital camera. if anyone is rich and has a spare 500 bucks laying around (the tokina is acceptable – the tamron 11-19 would be ok too… if you want to drop 900 on the nikon, that’s cool too) then please contact me and let me know…

links are available on request…

other lenses on the wish list:

new (better) macro
80-200 f2.8 constant
24-85 zoom


People are often unreasonable,
and self centered;

forgive them anyway.

If you are kind,
People may accuse you of selfish,
ulterior motives;

be kind anyway.

If you are successful,
you will win some false friends
and some true enemies;

succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you;

be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight;

build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous;

be happy anyway.

The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;

do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have
and it may never be enough;

give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

~mother teresa