The late R.C. Sproul said, “Right now counts forever”. He was not wrong. Our time here is but a vapor as James says (James 4:14). The start of this year has proven that fact. My father and brother passed earlier this year, unexpectedly. My former Pastor and friend, Doug Heck, passed a few months ago as well. All of it was unexpected, well, at least for us. Yet, it was not unknown to God, the Sovereign of the universe. This year has certainly shown testimony to the Scriptures, the Word of the Lord that our lives truly wither like and fade like the grass of the field (1 Peter 1:24-25). We are reminded over and over again that our lives here are short and we are to prepare for eternity. Our minds must be fixed on eternal things, but we are finite creatures easily given over to the worries of the world, to distractions, and to our sinful flesh. How we utilize the time that God has granted us here is important. We must make use of the time, we must. Everyday, we must reset our thinking and tune ourselves into Scripture and make use of the gifts that God has given to each of us. We must serve the church with those gifts. There are many right now in the church who need help and counsel as the anxieties of the world over take them. Let us not waste another second!
My father and brother, and myself were photographers. Thanks to our father, myself and my brother grew to love photography. As a kid, I would tag along with my dad on shoots and stand near him as he developed his rolls of film. He taught me how to shoot and capture life. He wanted a photography business at one point and named it, MZ Photography, but life had other plans. He never stopped loving photography. My brother before he died was in the process of doing photography, setting up his website to showcase what he was doing. They loved it. The other day as I sat here, recounting memories of them, the idea came along to carry on their legacy. I am getting back into my work in photography and editing. It has also been great therapy to go out and capture God’s canvas, His creation. The camera has the ability to stop life and we can hold onto that memory. It is a blessing from God to have the gift of being creative. I do not want to waste the talents and gifts that He has bestowed to me. So, with that said, I created a website for my photography and aptly named it, “MZ Photography” to honor the legacy of my father and brother. You can find that website here:
By God’s grace, the Lord has been seeing me through my two classes that I am taking at Reformation Bible College. So far, I am writing papers and taking exams. We are on Fall break right now, and I am happy to get some air before diving back into school work next week.
This will blog post will post in Twitter and Facebook. As many of you know, I have taken leave of Social Media for a time to collect my thoughts, focus on school, and most importantly, focus on Christ. It has been a hard 9 months. I am still putting myself back together. It has not been an easy road, but the Lord in His mercy has been compassionate with me through it all. I look forward to sharing this journey of story telling through photography with you all. This blog will be gearing more toward the study of God and be a place to share my thoughts, much like that of a Journal.
So, with that said. Thank you all for the prayers. I appreciate every single one.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Stephen J. Melniszyn