Thursday, February 2, 2012 - Day 2 of February Tumblr and Facebook Fast
Alternatively Titled - The Dolly Difference
Another crazy day. Started out talking about African Literature in my World Culture class, then headed to film a demo for a Orientation video for the marketing department at my university as part of my TCOM class. I am the Director of my film crew. Exciting.
We used this $8,000 EX3 camera to film today. Along with a Kessler Crane Pocket Dolly. It was such a cool experience to go out with this equipment on our own and film. I think we are the first students to use the Pocket Dolly since the department purchased it this semester. Awesome. I didn’t realize what a difference having a dolly makes to the look of your shots. The Dolly Difference.
Seriously this Dolly is insane. It takes three people to carry the four bags it comes in, and then half an hour to set up. It definitely does not fit in your pocket. And its amazing. I love love love working with it.
We filmed outside on campus for about two hours (It was a gorgeous day, didn’t even need a coat most of the time — so freaky for February. Usually we’re having a Snowpocalypse around this time.) and then I headed to my Creative Writing class. We’re writing poetry this week. A small excerpt:
The grimy light falls
on stone hearts, gathering
on rusty dreams
on fallen bodies
on icy tears
Man, I am so deep.
Then back to filming, this time at another location. This is when we set up the dolly and had a grand old time. I think we got some cool shots. Felt like pros.
At 6 pm I met with my Discipler, Andrea. She was my Bible Study Leader last year, and this semester we are meeting one on one to discuss my walk with the Lord. Tonight we talked about Quiet Time with God. How God wants to spend time with me each day. Usually I manage to spend about 15-20 minutes, if not every day, than every other day, reading my Bible, watching Elevation Podcasts, writing out my prayers. I have grown so much in my relationship with Him since I came to college. I want to focus more on prayer, really learning to talk to Him and listen. As with any relationship, it takes time to get to know Him.
Andrea taught me this as a sort of suggested guide to prayer.
- Adore - praise and worship God. Tell Him how awesome He is.
- Confession - confess your sins to God.
- Thanksgiving - thank Him for what He is doing in you life.
- Supplication - come to Him about your worries, needs, wants, desires.
I think I’ll be giving this a try during Quiet Time.
Later that night was CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ). They talked about the importance of reading God’s Word in the Bible each day.
I can’t remember the exact verse numbers for these, but I think they very aptly express why it is so important to be in the Word every day.
"Let the words of Christ dwell in you richly."
"I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you."
And something the speaker said that I liked:
"The Maker has given us an entire book to tell us he loves us."
I had a great worship experience at Cru. I went to the back of the audience when the band come onstage, because the speakers are really loud in front. There weren’t many people back there, so I felt especially free to worship.
Afterwards, I grabbed some orange juice to stave off my sore throat (GOOO vitamin C!), and my friend Casey, and we watched Night 3 of the Code Orange Revival from Elevation Church. Matt Chandler from The Village Church was preaching.
Oh. My. Gosh. I can’t even.
So powerful. Chills the entire time he preached. We had to keep pausing it to take notes (and once to look up the word, “redound”. What we found was Romans 11:36 "everything that happens will redound to God’s glory." New Living Translation says: "for everything comes from Him and exists by His power and is intended for His glory. All glory to Him forever! Amen!" Redound basically means contribute to or lead to. This has been your Word for the Day.)
Some of my notes:
"Happiness and Joy are very different."
- Happiness can be taken away.
"Getting to Joy can sting."
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. -Psalm 23 (This has always been my favorite verse, since my mom taught me the song when I was little.)
"His motivation is His glory."
"Do everything for my Glory."
“EVERYTHING that happens will be for the glory of God.”
Everything. Every single thing. This rocked my world.
"En fuego for the Lord."
- "God is not after my begrudging submission. He is after my Joy."
- "Heaven is not for people who are afraid of Hell. Heaven is for people who love God."
- "If God is about God, you are not the center of the universe."
- "Most conflict stems from thinking the world is about you."
- "The world is not about you."
At this point I was freaking out. The world is not about me. Why should I be impatient in line at the grocery store? The world is not about me. Why should I be upset when someone inconveniences me? The world is not about me.
Paul’s response to adversity is utterly inspiring:
"We’ll kill you."
Paul: “To die is gain.”
"We’ll leave you alone."
Paul: “To live is Christ.”
"We’ll torture you."
Paul: “I do not consider the sufferings of this world to be compared to the future glory.”
"We’ll put you in prison."
Paul: “That’s fine, I’ll convert all the prison guards and we’ll sing worship songs.”
IF ONLY I COULD LIVE LIKE THIS. My new goal is to have such strong faith that nothing can deter me.
- "God saved Paul to show the world that no sin is too great to be forgiven."
- "No sin: past, present, or future, has greater power than the cross of Jesus Christ."
Well, I’m floored. Left breathless by God’s presence through this preaching. I can’t recommend highly enough that you check out Elevation’s free podcasts on iTunes. Start anywhere. They’ll all leave you breathless.
Day 2: Complete.