This is just a huge page of bloggish thoughts, without being a blog. It's super random. Go crazy.
"The Greek word for 'without ceasing' in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 is adialeiptos, which doesn't mean nonstop - but actually means constantly recurring. In other words, we can punctuate our moments with intervals of recurring prayer."
-Barry C. Black
"We pray without ceasing. Every secret wish is a prayer. Every house is a church, the corner of every street is a closet of devotion." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I suppose the solution lies in pointing out that the efficacy of prayer is, at any rate no more of a problem then the efficacy of all human acts. i.e. if you say “It is useless to pray because Providence already knows what is best and will certainly do it”, then why is it not equally useless (and for the same reason) to try to alter the course of events in any way whatever — to ask for the salt or book your seat on a train?” -Clive Staples Lewis
"And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words." Romans 8:26-27
I had Christian Watson at 1924 US incorporate "Without Ceasing" into my logo when we were brainstorming the design. I also asked for some depiction of a loon, the MN state bird, something pretty common, but also haunting and soul-nudging when encountered.
He sent back some iterations, and included was the beautiful script you see in the header of this website and at the end of my vids. The interesting thing was- the loon illustrations he had created were all standing up, rather than floating on the surface of the water as you'd most commonly see them depicted.
It was striking when I saw it. I'd never seen a loon on land. They're water birds. Divers. They're clumsy on land, easy prey, but if they can get to the water- good luck catching them. The only reason a loon stays on land for longer than necessary is to guard it's nest. Despite the danger to itself. Resolute. Immovable. Without ceasing.
That's the goal, right? Every morning, new mercies, fresh breath, full plate. Always, In all circumstances.
Watching for the Enemy. Looking to Him who searches hearts for guidance to illuminate our path. It can be applied everywhere: Our work, our relationships, our goals, and especially our faith. That's why I apply it to this work.
"But it's just a video." Yeah, it is. We're not saving lives here. But the people and the stories in the video are what make it worth something. The relationships made through the creation of a video are valuable. The joy, love, curiosity, sadness, fear, & pride that it makes the viewer feel is valuable. And no one can move me in that belief,
High Rise Media. Sunshine Mediums. Rise & Shine Mukluks. Apparently it's a hard name to remember- High Shine.
The verbiage comes from the men on my dad's side. Growing up, when a vehicle, part, tool, or job was presented or executed in an elite way, it was "high shine." Polished. Lacking no luster. The highest echelon. The work of a consummate professional.
My work is nowhere near the highest echelon, nor am I a consummate professional. I'm a guy with a camera that makes good videos. But the goal- the goal is higher. The goal is that the caliber of my work is mastered with time. Shooting, editing, and storytelling techniques constantly being honed, sharpened, and polished. The goal is High Shine.
THE MAN IN THE ARENA
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." -Theodore Roosevelt
"...and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."
- 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
"Live dangerously, take things as they come, dread naught, all will be well." -Winston Churchill
(This was in response to being hit by a car and being asked if he blamed the man who'd accidentally been at fault. He didn't.)