January 22, 2013

Discovering why I do what I do

Why do I photograph? Why do I ride horses? Why do I blog? This may sound a bit crazy, but I've never really thought about it before. So I decided that is was high time to give an answer, because when I know and understand why I do something, it gives me the motivation to keep at it. This is especially true on those days when I wonder why in the world I'm doing it and I'm ready to give up. Ultimately, all should be done to glorify God...but I see that as a given. I've always said I did things because I enjoyed them, but it's quite interesting to dig into it a little deeper and remind myself of why I do what I do...

To capture those moments which slip through my fingers like grains of sand and to challenge myself to keep improving. I love memories, and the lens of my camera catch them for me. Catching memories is kinda like catching fireflies in a jar. Except for the fact that fireflies die if you leave them in there too long...but thankfully it doesn't work that way with photos. Weeks, months, and years from now I want to be able to look back and be able to vividly visualize those precious moments that happened so long ago.

I have loved horses for as long as I can remember, and riding just springs out of that love. I ride to feel the wind on my face, to delight in the satisfaction of working well as a team, to get away from the noise and soak up the tranquility of a cool autumn day, and to enjoy one of the most magnificent creatures in God's wonderful Creation.

My pen meets the paper to articulate the thoughts which whirl through my mind. My goal in writing is to glorify the Lord and encourage others to follow after Him. It's also a way to record life's happenings, see growth over the years, and put to paper the thoughts that come to mind.

I love photography and I love to write, so this little corner of the internet is my outlet for sharing those things with others. It's a place for me to share the things that the Lord is teaching me, the newest frames captured through the lens of my camera, and the memories that I don't ever want to loose. Every day is a treasure, and I don't want to forget that.

Because life is much too short to do without it. Simple as that.

Because Christ first loved me - and without His love I would be a mess. I want to share that love with others, because it is truly a wonderful thing.

Because there are a lot of people who are a lot smarter than I am, and then they write books which I can learn from. It's a way to learn, grow, and be inspired. It's also a way to learn more about the Lord and see examples of people who are living their lives totally for Him. Old books...there's just something about the rich wording and wholesome content that uplifts, challenges, and encourages me.

I pray, because life is meaningless without Christ. He gives me strength for the day, and has never, ever failed me. Though I have failed Him countless times, He is always there for me.

So now it's your turn...why do YOU do what you do?


  1. Really inspiring post, Rebekah. Where did you come up with this post? :)

    1. Thanks Lindy! I actually came up with the idea for this post a few months ago when I was kind of loosing motivation to keep going on some things. This helped me to refocus and remember why I did it. I didn't get around to actually posting it until now...but that's kind of where the idea came from.

  2. So, so wonderful...this really encouraged me to ask myself why I do what I do. :)