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no_01.jpgOne of the most difficult things to know when you are involved in a church is that it is not an institution primarily. That is what it is called when it is organized, instituted, businessed, and controlled. The truth is that it is basically a group of people in relationship with one another and with the spirit of Jesus. This is essentially it. Not only does this take the pressure off of me having to perform on Sunday mornings and present a production. It also takes the pressure off of people having to shop around until they find the best show in town. Of course, this is rarely remembered. Especially when numbers are low, my mind stretches toward imagining new and fantastic ways of attracting people. And if the Sunday morning just doesn't do it for me, I'm tempted to look over the fence for greener grass. Not much different than any relationship actually. When someone comes to me to discuss a difficulty they're having in a relationship, and they say something like, "The romance is gone!" I usually say something like, "Well, that's good. Now the necessary work begins!" But that's when most bail. Honeymoons are getting shorter. I'm not sour-graping or resentful about this. I'm just as human as the next guy. If we have a down day I'm just as inclined to want to throw in the towel. Until I remember that these are my friends. It's them I'd be bailing on. What's this "church" thing that always gets me so frustrated and depressed? It's nothing but a label. It's a label used to try to describe something. When I obsess over the label, that's when I lose sight. The label is not the thing. The word is not the reality. The reality is the mutual love we have for one another. That's where it begins, and where it ends. The fine art photograph is the creation of my friend, who is also the gallery owner my art hangs in, Jorgen Klausen. The subject of the photograph is a friend of mine, who is also an artist. Check out my tees HERE and my art HERE.

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