A Declaration of Independence

I did this a few years ago and I think its time to do it again.This time, for all the world to see.

My Declaration of Independence:

Jesus, my heart has taken a small step away from you and it has gotten to the point where I have found myself shackled again to things that I did not make specific choices to be chained to. I decided long ago to chain myself to you and in doing so I chose to be completely unchained to all else. The problem though, is that when you stand in the same place for long enough, trees will eventually begin to stretch and wrap their roots around your ankles. An inch or so every month doesn't seem to make much difference, but after several years, you look down and notice you're quite stuck.

So, listed below are all the things that I can think of that cause me to glance away from you:

my wife

my baby girl

family

friends

photography

my business

advertising

success

cameras & camera gear (lenses, computer software, etc)

my iphone

facebook

twitter

emails

bank accounts

blogs

my car

driving

reading

Don Miller

hanging out with friends in the evenings

smoking cloves

drinking

movies

music

my ipod & car stereo

the future

looking/feeling cool

having a great beard

patagonia

outdoor gear & stuff

the outdoors

dudes nights

laughing

being funny

thinking about things

the grateful dead

driving with the windows down

feeling good about myself

coffee

eating out

the internet

thinking about traveling

photography magazines

outdoor magazines

anything made by apple

everything on TV

getting published

having stuff in newspapers

thinking I am a good photographer

feeling like I am a better photographer than other people

having a happy marriage

enjoying anything

thinking about/planning road trips

Hillcrest

owning a good home

not working in construction anymore

everything

everything

& everything else

Jesus, may none of these things bring me any sort of happiness, joy, amazement, wonder, reflection, peace, consistency, stability, gladness, safety, enjoyment, power, strength, fullness, fulfillment, or gratefulness if I am not first found secure, stable, and current with you.

May my daily activities be stopped, blocked, and frustrated by you until I have fully acknowledged the fact that, as Graham Cooke has said, you love me

because you love me

because you love me

because you love me

because you love me

because you love me

because you love me

because you love me

because you love me

because you love me

because you love me

because you love me

because you love me

and there is nothing I can do to increase or decrease your love for me.

It is constant, stable, and perfect every day, all the time. And that is where I have chosen to live and no where else. Cause my heart to be dragged back to you (kicking and screaming, if necessary) any way that you know how. I don't want to be happy about anything unless I know that everything is cool between me and you.

That's it.

May it always be.