These photographs are from fun days off on a bunch of work related trips I have been blessed to go on this year. These stills are from shoot free days in Bali, the Maldives, Phuket and Orange County. Super grateful to Mayad Studios (check out our new website, it is LOVE!) for fun work opportunities like this. I am extremely grateful!
While shooting and location scouting is a lot of hard work (we take our stuff seriously! When I post photos of me and my co-workers just chilling by the ocean or the beach, that’s only a small part of the whole trip! Most part of it is spent hard at work-filming and thinking up A LOT of stuff) I can’t deny that travelling to really pretty locations doesn’t make work seem less like work. Also, our amazing couples, some of whom have become our friends in the process, are really really generous. They book us in super crazy nice villas (sometimes with butlers! )and treat us to yummy gastronomic experiences. Not bad at all! It’s fun going on these little trips around the world-frequent trips I wouldn’t have been able to afford (not with my own savings! Heehee ) I think about this fact and cannot help but be reminded of God’s GRACE. In the same way my scanty savings would never allow me to stay in 5 star villas and travel so frequently, could my attempts at being “good” enough , assure me of my soul’s salvation. I cannot help but be humbled and feel extravagantly loved by the God of the Universe. He sent His only son to die on the cross for my sins, my inequities, that we may dwell with Him in heaven for all eternity. My “goodness” could never earn me that salvation. I cry out for mercy over justice, Jesus over whatever I think is good in me. It really is all GRACE. I am FAAAAAAR from perfect-FAAAAR from what people would coin as “Holy Holy”. If we are to look at scripture, Jesus doesn’t want us to be “Holy Holy” in the eyes of people. He sees through the deepest parts of us. He sees our hearts. And He commands us to “Be Holy, for I am Holy” 1 Peter 1:16. I know through my own efforts, I can never be that. That’s why the concept of His GRACE just floors me. (See Ephesians 2: 8-9)
I know this has totally transitioned from light travel banter to full on gospel preaching, but if I am to be true to myself in this little blog, than I am to write about what my heart cries out for- Jesus, eternity. Lately, I’ve been thinking about ETERNITY a lot. With my Lolo Ernie just recently passing away, I’ve been thinking about my own earthly departure. I’ve been thinking about what it would be like when we die and leave this world. Forever is a reeeeeaaaally long time, you know! I can’t quite wrap my little mind around it. This life, as we all know it, will come to pass. Passing away from this world is the only thing that is sure and inevitable. Will what I’m doing in this life matter in eternity? At the end of my life, will Jesus say: Well done good and faithful servant? I’ve been asking myself these tough questions as this year comes to a close. I’ve been telling a lot of people and friends how amazing things are going to happen in 2015. But along with that, that I know there will be crossroads and a lot of uncertainties. I just cling to the only thing that’s SURE , CERTAIN and UNFAILING- Jesus. He is our rock and our cornerstone. Going into the new year is exciting and at the same time a bit scary. It is going to be a big transition year for little old me and I’m going to need a lot of inspiration to keep me working hard and A WHOLE LOT OF GRACE to carry me through the valleys and uncertainties that lie ahead. I wish you guys the every same things. Let’s go 2015!
Love and light,