“It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.” – Napoleon Hill
I heard an interesting quote on Sunday at church, “God is not going to do what you can do for you.” I wonder how often we ask God to fix in our lives things we already know how to fix. I think we do this because we know what to do, but we do not want to do it that way either because it’s an inconvenience or we don’t like it. I am not saying that when times are tough that we should just pick ourselves up by our boot-straps and do better. I am saying there are some areas of our life that we have to choose to do better in order to be better. For example, if you want to be healthier, change your diet and add exercise to it. Take proactive steps in order to be better. While we take these steps of self-improvement, it doesn’t mean we are alone, it just means we are using the abilities God gave us in order to be better. I need to reflect on this topic more.
I took these photos a few weekends ago. I was riding my bike over near the Charlotte Convention Center. I took out my ND-filter, and took some slow shutter speed shots of the fountains nearby. The warmer it gets, the more opportunities I will have to take cool photos like this.
One reply to “Do It Yourself”
This is so true. Why would God give you abilities if He didn’t want you to use them?
My favorite joke that illustrates this is the guy who’s up to his waist in water. A boat comes by and the person on the boat says “Get in!” The guy says “God’ll save me” A while later he’s up to his waist in water, but he’s on his roof. Same thing: “Get in the boat!” “God’ll save me”… And finally he’s up to his shoulders in water on his chimney and a helicopter drops a rope ladder down “Grab the ladder!” “God’ll save me!” he responds…. And when the inevitable happens, he stands before God and says “Why didn’t you save me?” To which God replies, “I sent you two boats and a helicopter”