Ok, so it’s been a while. That’s my fault. I really felt like I had a purpose for starting this blog and I just kinda doubted my reasoning or my ability to do it. However, for a number of reasons, many of which I will explain in a few upcoming posts, I have decided that it is totally time to get back into it and start updating my life adventures. Ultimately, God has done some crazy amazing things in the past year, and I am too excited and blessed not to share them with others. I don’t want to put it all out there in one post though, because honestly, it would be super long and likely very confusing. So with that being said I am going to give you a quick update and some teasers, and then I will go in and fill in some blanks with future blog posts. Also if anyone is reading this…..leave a comment. I know my efforts aren’t in vain, but I’m a sucker for communication.
So here’s the basic outline of my past year.
- Almost 365 days since I posted my first blog and decided to do this.
- God has definitely shown up and shown out in my life.
- I’ve learned to step into God’s timing for things and I love it.
- I feel much more confident in who I am and what I am currently doing.
- I honestly believe it all stems from my experience of reading The Blessed Life by Robert Morris.
Alright, so there are so many crazy things that have happened that I really don’t know where to begin. When I first started this blog, I was going with the name Good Works Media. Which I totally love and will figure out a way to use, but currently I am most active with my website www.jbigsmedia.com
Here is one of the latest and greatest exciting things that have happened recently. I just got back from a camp retreat hosted by Lance Wallnou, who is a pretty big voice in the Christian prophetic arena and has a great calling on his life. The past few years his ministry has been doing a 7m Gen camp for young adults. It’s basically a week long camp session where there are a ton of activities, and about 50 young adults just trying to grow deeper with God. Everyone gets together and there is no doubt that God shows up and meets a lot of these kids where they are. I think it’s safe to say that everyone who goes to the 7m Gen camp, walks out with a greater connection to God and a fire in their heart. I only found out about it because my mom e-mailed me info and when I read it, I knew I wanted to go. It sounded like just the thing for reconnecting with God and tapping in to the next level. Unfortunately, the cut off for camp was 24 years old, and the day before camp I was turning 26. What a crushing defeat. For a second I thought about just going and listing my age as being 24, mainly because no one believes I look 26 to begin with. However, I tried a different approach that seemed less sneaky. After inquiring about the camp info, I replied to the coordinator for the camp and basically said “Look, I’m too old to go but I really really really want to be there. I work in television and in my free time I shoot video. Here’s my website, check it out, if you can use me I will volunteer and show up for the week.” Just in case, I wrote it in my journal along with a few other things that were on my heart. Shortly thereafter I got a reply. I didn’t get to go as a camper, instead I went as the videographer for the whole week!!!!
And let me tell you….. BEST. DECISION. EVER!!!!!!
And for a number of reasons.
But here’s how God worked it out. First of all, I keep a personal journal, and it mostly is conversations with God where things in life come up and I say “Hey God, here is what’s happening, here’s how I see it working out, what do you think about it, and can we make this happen?”
On June 21st part of my journal entry conversation was “God I’d like to go to this camp mom told me about. It seems like a super awesome way to connect with you and tap into something special. However it costs $1500 bucks to go, and we both know my finances aren’t set up to handle that right now. Even though I can’t afford it, I really want to be there. Can you make it happen?”
Now there’s more to the journal entry, and I want to share it with you, but it honestly deserves its own blog. Thats how incredible that day was for me.
So, knowing I couldn’t afford to go, I reached out anyway. I love to shoot film and any chance I can that also involves a ministry I am very excited about. I figured it was a long shot, but when the coordinator for camp reached out to me, I figured it was worth putting it out there. A question never asked is already answered no. I’ve lived by that motto and I’ve had many doors opened up because of it. I truly believe that God has honored that and has put a good amount of favor on me which is why I am never afraid to ask.
Well, the coordinator loved my videos (yay) and she said they would be happy to fly me out for the week to film for them. So not only did I get to go to camp for free, I didn’t even have to pay for the plane ticket. And even better, the first leg of my flight was first class. I’ve never flown first class before!!!!! It was awesome.
While at camp, I basically filmed for 5.5 days. Not the whole time, but enough that there was some cramping in my hand about three days into it. Clearly I am out of shape, filming and physically. Haha. But I did end up making 3 camp videos during that time period. And one of them came out amazingly well. Don’t be confused, all the videos were awesome, but we are talking like highlight reel level shots on this one video. The best part was I had recently acquired a Canon 5d Mark II and this was my main rig for the week. I loved it and it was a worthy investment especially for this go around. It was a great chance to really get comfortable and shoot with it.
So I shot a bunch of video, still managed to work my job remotely (and get paid for it) and hangout with campers as well as get to spending some time soaking in the sessions and the worship music. There was a lot happening and it was quite a bit of a whirlwind. I made some great friends and I can’t wait to reconnect with a few of them. I also had some really good relationship conversations as well which really helped me in terms of putting a few things into perspective. Again though I’ll save that for a future blog post.
So, I think that is enough information overload for now. I am going to work on the next blog. Which will probably be about the power of words.
Thanks for reading,