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Thursday, January 28, 2010

To Print or Not to Print

I was doing a little organizing today, and one task that has been on my to-do list forever has been to put a ton of printed pictures into photo albums. I then realized that I haven't printed digital pictures in about two years. I did plan, however, to do the iPhoto albums the next time around, and they're not as much work (but they are more money).

So here's my question. Does anyone even look at other people's photo albums anymore? WAY more people will have seen my Facebook pictures than will ever see my real photo albums. Do I really need to go through the trouble of creating and buying these albums that no one will ever look at? And if my kids want to look at them, then they can just look on the computer or the iPhone whenever they want.

And yeah, there's the nostalgia of a physical picture to look at, but who really cares? Isn't our culture changing enough that the nostalgia of physical pictures will be reserved for 20th century pictures? Can't I just pass on the files of my years of pictures to my kids? Then they don't even have to wait til I die! Anyone at all can have them - no fighting over them.

So what do you think? (Oh, and scrapbookers, y'all are your own breed, so I already know what you'll say. This is more of a question for non-scrapbookers. )

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


I was listening to the Bible today in the car, and I heard the “plank in your eye” verses. As a reminder:

"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

Every time I hear or read this passage I think about this thing that happened years ago when I was in college. (By the way, this blog entry will mean nothing to you unless you know about the drama in my life in the last few years. Sorry! You can stop reading now if you wish.)

Anyway, I was 19 years old, and I was on this college retreat with the college group from my church. We were at this retreat center in the Hill Country, and there was this big open field that everyone was playing in (football, frisbee, etc.). So I was talking to my college pastor (who was later to become my pastor of 8 years), and he suddenly got this splinter in his eye. I ran and got him a bottle of water so that he could try to flush it out. It was really painful, and he couldn’t seem to get it out. Finally, he went back to his cabin, and he was able to get it out.

He mentioned how that would be a good sermon illustration (you know how pastors are always looking for real life stories to use in their sermons). So I was like, “Yeah, it would, with the whole ‘speck in your eye and how can get the plank out of someone else’s eye’ thing.”

And he was like, “No, I was thinking about how something so small could cause someone so much pain.”

‘Huh,’ I thought, ‘I like my idea better, but whatever,‘ and I dismissed it. So for years every time I heard or read that passage I would think about that story and how I thought he missed the poignancy of what happened to him that day in relation to the ‘plank’ verse.

So fast-forward 9 or 10 years, and the whole weird thing with us and him happened. And the same thing applies. He misses the point entirely (to me). He focuses on this small thing that caused him unbearable pain but misses the whole ‘plank in his eye’ thing.


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