Men, Slow Down and Smell the Roses

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I hope you enjoy this video….

Here is the short story behind it:

I wish I had a nickel for all the times somebody said how important it is to slow down and enjoy life. How many of life’s simple things have we all missed by getting caught up in the rat race. More times than not, these words of wisdom don’t get implemented.

So armed with a kayak and a camera, I have tried to heed the advice to stop and smell the roses. I have heard it said that it’s the simple things in life that are the best. So I have taken these pictures and made a video out of them. I titled this youtube video, “CREATIONS” because I think it sums it up well.

Every day is filled with God’s creations and ways that He reveals himself to us. Every day is filled with reminders of our creator and His purpose to bring glory to Himself.

It may be one of those, “you had to be there” things but I have enjoyed the lessons that have come from it and wanted to share it with others.

I love the words to this song in the video, “With all creation I sing, praise to the King of Kings, you are my everything and I will adore you.” That is so true. All we have to do is open our eyes to His glory that surrounds us.

What you will see in the video is pictures that I took that remind me of God’s purposes in His creation. There is a picture that I took on a sunset on the Pearl River the Saturday evening before Pentecost Sunday. No surprise that the sunset was in the form of a cross. What a reminder! Every day, God blesses us with a beautiful sunrise and sunset and I hate to count all the ones that I didn’t pay attention to.

God also created all the birds in the sky and fish in the seas and animals on the land. God’s creations are spectacular. I was so blessed to be able to see some of the “wild beasts” when we did our “Chasing Solomon” conference in Kenya. What a creation!

I also got to meet so many of God’s children while in Kenya. Our kids at church made Christmas cards for the kids in Kenya. It was the only Christmas present they had ever received. It is heartbreaking to think that so many of these babies are orphaned and viewed as an “inconvenience”. What a difference it would make it they were viewed as God sees them….as creations “made in God’s image.” The Christmas card reminds us all of a truth…

Jesus loves you.

No wonder the little boy is smiling so big.

There are also pictures of our trip to Israel this past Christmas. My favorites are the supposed battlefield of David and Goliath, the Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, and En Getti (where King David hid and wrote so many of the Psalms. It’s the picture of the waterfall in the middle of the wilderness….a true refuge.

But the biggest reminder of God’s creation is the “new creations” that He can make of us as we are immersed in His Holy Spirit. There are pictures of our family in the Jordan River on January 1, 2010. What a way to start a new decade.

So that is why it is called, “CREATIONS”. Whether it be sunsets, birds, animals, water, or the “new creations” that He is transforming in man every day, let them all be reminders of the one who was and is and is to come.

As I have slowed down to smell the roses, I have been “filled with awestruck wonder” just as the song describes.
Be blessed,
Scot Thigpen

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