debunking myths

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the movie End of the Spear, and more specifically about the controversy with Chad Allen and his homosexuality. I just wanted to do a follow-up post to point out an article written by Randy Alcorn: Perspectives on End of the Spear and the Chad Allen Controversy. It’s mainly about the rumors and gossip that floated around Christian circles that the producers knew Chad Allen was gay before they hired him. (Read the article; it explains further.)

I haven’t had the chance to see the movie yet, but I plan to in the near future.

(Thanks to Anne for the link.)


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The  yucky part about being grownup is having to be responsible. :-p So I’m having a bit of a decision to make, and I don’t know what to do. As you know, I am a graphic designer and I love helping people out by designing things for them. I especially love it when it’s a ministry – helping my parents or Melissa out by designing their newsletters, or my church… I really want to give back with the gifts, talents, and expertise that God has blessed me with.

Now, my quandry… While I may be blessed with talent and knowledge, I was not blessed with the necessary software on my computer to do these designs. I really want to be able to tell people, “Sure I’d love to do that design for you!” But the problem is, I really can’t, unless they’re going to provide the software I need. And if I do something as a ministry, I really don’t feel right asking them to pay me to help me purchase the software.

So the software is $400. I *have* the money, but is this a wise investment? (I know I would use it a lot, and it would be very helpful.) I have a few big expenses coming up (about $400 worth) for various comittments I have, and I’m also trying to save my money for a wedding, since it’s likely that we’ll be getting married in the coming year or so.

What should I do? To buy or not to buy?

one year ago today

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Some of you Taylor people may remember that a year ago today was the day that Tree and Daniel got married. I talked to Tree earlier this week, and she said they’re going out of town to spend some time together. :-) I can’t believe it’s only been a year… So much has happened! Well I am so happy for Tree and Daniel, and I feel very blessed to be a part of their lives. Happy anniversary!

One of my favorite pictures from their wedding, courtesy of Matt Wissman

in light of eternity…

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I got to work this morning to be greeted by an email from a customer who was very upset about an ad I designed for him. He accused me of making it too “high end”. I actually sat down and cried.

My mom sent me this verse:

2 Corinthians 4:17
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

These past few weeks have just seemed very depressing for me. I’ve been very stressed from work and have a lot on my mind. I read an article somewhere (I can’t seem to find it now) that said psychologists have determined that the Monday closest to January 24th is the most depressing day of the year, with post-holiday let down and winter blues. I wonder if that’s what’s hitting me right now…

I just need to keep my focus on the things that matter. In light of eternity, do I need to worry about this? God’s not going to put me through something I can’t handle, and I know I’ll look back and see how He’s brought good out of the yucky things. I can definitely see the evidence of that in my life!

one of those days…

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It’s been one of those days… I left my lights on last night, so my car battery is dead, and unfortunately cars have been parked around my car so you can’t get to the hood to jump it off. :-( Most of all I just feel like crap and don’t want to deal with a dead car battery. Yeah, one of those days.

Here’s to tomorrow, in the hopes that it is better than today.