Enjoy the Moment

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There really is no other time like the present to enjoy the fullness of God. He created this very moment for us to enjoy and cherish. He wants us to learn from the past, be filled with vision for the future and to enjoy each moment as if it were our last. He had this moment planned from the very beginning in time. Every single detail about each day in our lives is important to Him. 

It’s so amazing that even though He is not constrained by time in any way, He still cherishes each and every moment with us. He cherishes each moment with us as if it were the last. 

Take a minute today to simply stop worrying about the future, forget the past and enjoy this very present moment that you sit in. Dwell on the thought that you will never again have this day to enjoy Gods amazing blessings in your life. Even if everything around you is falling apart, if you have Christ you can be thankful that you now have eternal life in Him. 

Trading our Inheritance

29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished.30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.[a])31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.

Genesis Chapter 25

So many of us are no different than Esau in the story above in trading his birthrights and inheritance for a bowl of soup. So many times we think of selling every blessing and sacrificing all God has done based on a whim of emotion. It could be the temptation to cheat on our mate, hide a mistake we made at work or making an impulsive decision we know is not God’s will for our lives. I remember being in a situation this past year where I had wanted to pursue a relationship with someone and yet knew very clearly that it was out of Gods will for me. I remember even thinking about leaving everything just for the sake of pursuing this infatuation and satisfying this overwhelming desire. I had legitimate thoughts of stepping out of God’s will and it seemed the more I thought about it, the more it fed the fire of emotion within me. There were two or three specific points where my destiny reached defining crossroads and I had a very hard decision to make. Everything inside of me cried out for something but I KNEW that it would cost me my inheritance and all the blessings that God has put into my life. 

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Its only by Gods grace and his leading that I made it through without trading it all in to feed my immediate need for satisfaction. The food that Esau craved represents our waves of emotions or overpowering thoughts that suggest we give in to compromise and lose our inheritance as we walk with Jesus. Esau lacked patience and made a major decision on whim. We need to always remember the price that was paid for our inheritance and the value of it. Nothing in this world holds any value compared to the riches we have in store because of the blood that Christ Jesus shed for us all. 

Don’t trade in your rights to satisfy your hunger and thirst for more of whatever it might be. Admit that desire to the Father and simply give it to Him. He promises to meet all our needs. He is faithful and you can trust Him in all circumstances. 

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

 Philippians 4:19

How to Write a Great Promo Video Storyboard in 1 Hour

Writing a promotional video can be a really daunting task for anyone who is sitting with a plain sheet of paper in front of them and no real idea of how to get started. I have written several videos this last year and have developed a great process for writing a really great storyboard so that you and your team can produce a high-quality video! Here are a few things to consider:

1. What’s the goal of your project: First you want to decide the general direction of the project. Write down what the ultimate goal of the video is, what is a main theme that can drive the video, audio, text and pictures within the video. (10min)

2. Who is needed: Once you know the direction write down who you will need and what exactly their KRA’s (Key areas of responsibility) will be. Assign these people realistically based on the amount of time they will have and their competency level. Also make a list of the specific actors or people you want to interview in your video. (5min)

3. What is needed: Write down what you may need for this. Here are some great things that I usually look to see if I will need for any project: (5min)

  • Camera, Lighting, Set and microphone
  • Will you need background motion graphics? Get some stock graphics for cheap if you can’t make them! Here’s a great site to find them cheap: http://motionrevolver.com/
  • Shots that pan through a crowd, street or setting that is relevant for your video. These will be can be dropped over interviews to create more visual interest.

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Get Inspired: Its great to find a spot you love, grab a cup of coffee and listen to some tracks you have selected for the video. Try and select a background song that will help drive the purpose of the video. If you’re trying to inspire pick a fast paced genre (Drum and Bass or some fast indie rock). For something dramatic and intense pick something slower (Trip-Hop or blues). Basically take some time and listen to the music you want to be your soundtrack. (10min)

Get Writing: Once you have absorbed the mood and cleared your mind for a few minutes simply get out a pen and paper and start writing. I generally write the entire video to fit precisely into the rises and falls of the song that I select. Start putting ideas out there and map them out from the first 10 seconds to the final 5. (30min)

Get input: The worst thing you can assume is that you have created the best Idea for this project and to reject advice and input. The best thing you can do is plan to create 3 ideas that are totally different but run along the same theme. Then allow your team members to make comments and suggestions. These suggestions should be line-by-line and very detailed.

Execute: Once you have worked out all the details, ideas and have the final draft then you can begin to shoot the video, gather the pictures, audio and everything else you need! This can be a long process but if you have a precise and easy to follow story-board it can be more simple than you imagined.

Always set a great roadmap for you and your team and it will be much easier when it comes time to start shooting. If you have already worked through the creative development of the video from the first second to the last, the creation of the video will be a breeze!

What are some things you do that help you create videos?

Haiti orphan

Haiti Day 4

Haiti Orphan Girl

Here is one of the little girls in the orphanage that Help 4 Haiti sponsors monthly

Excerpt from my Journal at 1pm:

This morning we went to the orphanage at Croix de Boquet and spent 2-3 hours with the kids. It is only a few minutes drive from the pastors house. We had such a great time with the OVER 100 kids there. Its kinda overwhelming how many kids that is. We were able to love on them and give them something from us and all of our supporters. Most of the children do not have parents because they were killed in the earthquake over 3 years ago. Other kids there were just abandoned or dropped off there. Their eyes and smile are so unforgettable

Haiti Orphan

One of the orphans my parents support monthly

As Ive looked at the pictures this morning of all these children my heart has been aching again for them as if I were there all over again. While there God showed me really how he sees these as His children and how much he really cares for them. I had NO idea of how overwhelming the need for orphan care in Haiti was until I went, I met the kids and realized the need. There are thousands of orphans still without anywhere to go all over Haiti. Even the kids that are in orphanages are stacked several to a bed and eat only what they can afford that week. Their food is dependent on donors. No one in that nation has money to help them. Most people live off less than a dollar a day. I believe that we truly capture Gods heart when we relenquish our APATHY over situations like this and truly start to do something. How can we just sit an watch? How can we say, “Someone else will help them” and move on. It breaks my heart.

He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
    the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the foreigner
and sustains the fatherless and the widow…

Psalm 146:7-9

Future orphanage site Haiti

Later that afternoon we drove out to a new city that has been established in Haiti called Onaville. It was established outside of Port Au Prince simply for all those who lost their homes in the earthquake. It is a wide open area in a valley just between mountains and the ocean. Its beautiful but honestly barren. There are thousands of people living there but no real commerce or anything there.

The picture above is the site we visited where the future orphanage will stand. The pastor informed us that they need to build a new orphanage because the current site is being rented from the Good Samaritans and they are going to need the property back soon. His hope is to build this new orphanage rather than releasing the current orphans back out into the streets or already starving families in the community. The foundation for the wall has been laid, now all that he needs is about $100k to build the orphanage for all the kids. As we walked around the property our hope was to not only help raise the $100k for these orphans but to also bring a team back to help build it!