Green Paradise

Good news. I recovered my photo library over the weekend so I am very happy about that! I will not be making mistakes like that for a long time. I have published a Desktop Wallpapers page this weekend too. If there are any of my photos that you would like for that purpose but are not available full size, please leave a comment and I may be able to upload a larger version. Today’s photos come from Montana and British Columbia — Glacier and Yoho National Parks respectively. My three part series on shining your light concludes this week also.

Let me know your thoughts!

What is Your Wattage? [Part 3]

It seems as though there are many Christians today who attend church every week only as a social ritual, while they wait for the return of Christ. There is a sense that many disregard the thought for the rest of the week. My fear is that the word believe is taken too lightly. When the apostles said “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved,” (Acts 16:31) I think they meant more than the way we understand it in English. This newfound belief should grow to reflect The Light and lifestyle changes should soon become evident. James writes that faith without works is dead (James 2:17). This is not a ‘salvation by works’ argument, but rather, a comment on how a Christian’s lifestyle should be. We should find ourselves beginning to walk in the path of righteousness after becoming immersed in Christ’s word and life.

The trouble with those I mentioned above who seem to disregard Christianity during the week is revealed in Jesus’ parable of the 10 virgins (Matthew 25). None of us want to be left with the same fate as the 5 foolish virgins who lost their connection with Christ. As long as there is a strong relationship between you and Christ, then your light will continue to shine. A desire to shine our lights should come standard with every relationship with Christ. The stronger our relationship, the brighter we will ‘bear His name’.

This relationship doesn’t come from singing His praise at church on the weekend. Michael W Smith once commented that “we can sing worship songs till we’re blue in the face, but if we’re not feeding the poor and taking care of the orphans and the widows and the downtrodden, we missed the point. We have to be His hands and feet as much as we need to tell God how much we love Him through our songs.”

I saw this comment on the weekend, “I’m living life how it is, not how it should be.” Shouldn’t it be the other way around. Shouldn’t we be living life the way God intended us to live, not the way the Devil has turned this world into? It’s a question that we all need to answer. Are we reflecting His light as brightly as we can? What is your Christian wattage? May we all be able to claim 2 Corinthians 3:18, “with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord.”

And may we all make it to the paradise much nicer than the places I captured below some day soon!

Contemplation Point

The two quotes below are short but contain enough to think about.

“The more perfect our friendship with God becomes the simpler our lives will be.” — AW Tozer

“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.” — Ephesians 5:1 NLT

Weekly Photos — Green Paradise

This first photo for the week was taken in Glacier National Park in Montana, USA along the Going-to-the-Sun Road. The spectacular drive leads you along the sides of the glacial valleys offering brilliant views of a landscape that was once a huge icefield. The second photo offers a view of Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park. Yoho National Park is located on the British Columbia side of the border with Alberta and acted as our gateway to the Canadian Rockies. The second image is also available at higher resolution on the desktop photos page linked to above.

The post is entitled Green Paradise because of the beauty in these two locations.

I’ve added this second photo to my RedBubble site where you can buy it framed, mounted on canvas, laminated, or as a greeting card among other options. RedBubble’s quality is great and they have shipped over 500,000 items in the last three years. Below is a preview of the photo with a ‘flat walnut frame’ in the large option (608mm x 407mm) for $155. Click on the image below to see your options.

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