The sink is piled with dishes.

I haven't really cleaned the house in months - almost a year, really. 

Work is hectic and I'm constantly a step or two behind.

Stuff in this house, stuff in this schedule, stuff, stuff, stuff - all of it unfinished.

That's human life - unfinished. 

We'll never finish anything - not really. In my profession this is a good thing. Teachers who think they're done perfecting their craft are generally bad teachers (sorry if that sounds harsh). A growth mindset is a valuable thing.

My church has this "photo challenge" going on for Lent - every day they give you a prompt and you have to take a picture representing it. At the beginning of it I thought, "Maybe I'll do this, but I'll probably fall behind and I'll probably not enjoy it so then maybe I won't do it . . . blah, blah, blah."

It's actually been really good for me. Here are the prompts just in case you want to try it out - it's kind of neat. A small mission in the middle of my day. Something I can accomplish.

At first I was just taking pictures and connecting them to the word in the prompt. Then I decided to start checking the concordance for related scripture, and that's been cool, too, because it changes the way I think about the pictures.

Then something else happened - something else IS happening. The words are changing the way I think about my life.

It's left me in a place of extreme honesty - The only finished things are the things I can't make . . . 

This is the craziest thing: I am running low on words

I'm writing plenty of songs. But I'm running low on all other sorts of words. And I've always enjoyed having something to say (that's terrible, isn't it???). 

I am sharing with you some of the pictures I've come up with so far. Consider taking some pictures of your own. Consider being short on words. And short on answers. There is still wonder to be found in a messy, unmanageable life.

Peace&Goodness (and a whole lot of pictures),

OLL

 

Feb. 10th prompt: Ashes

Feb. 10th prompt: Ashes


Feb. 14th prompt: John 8:58

Feb. 14th prompt: John 8:58

Feb. 15th prompt: Divine.

Feb. 15th prompt: Divine.

Feb. 17th prompt: Life.

Feb. 17th prompt: Life.

This one wasn't for a prompt - it's just something I stumbled on and it made sense to me. I am constantly digging wells in wrong places, looking for life where I'll never find it. Perfectionism, my friends, is not a way to get living water.

This one wasn't for a prompt - it's just something I stumbled on and it made sense to me. I am constantly digging wells in wrong places, looking for life where I'll never find it. Perfectionism, my friends, is not a way to get living water.

Feb. 21st prompt: John 9:5

Feb. 21st prompt: John 9:5

Jan 22nd prompt: Light.

Jan 22nd prompt: Light.

Feb. 23rd prompt: World.

Feb. 23rd prompt: World.

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