my friend is a warrior of faith. he has been a mentor and friend for about 10 years now. today he imparted some of the best wisdom he has ever shared with me… and over the years he has shared alot.
he taught me that a smile is found in the eyes.
he taught me to under promise and over deliver.
he taught me to be generous with my gifts and talents, by his neverending example of the same.
he taught me to show Jesus in my art.
he has taught me so much more… but today, takes the cake.
today he told me that when things are hard, God is teaching me, wanting me to become more Christlike. He reminded me to be grateful when there are trials because they allow me to learn and become more godly. He told me that you don’t want to have to repeat the lesson, you have to learn it. He told me to be grateful for the lessons. He reminded me what love is. He told me that Paul wrote most of his letters from prison… not the mountaintop.
I hope this encourages you, whatever pain you might be walking through, as it encourages me.
this year, my friend has experienced extreme pain and loss. He endured a life-threatening stroke. He has been forced to slow down, relearn the use of certain muscles. This year, he lost his oldest daughter. This year, he has continued to teach photographers all over the world. he has continued to win photography award after award. This year he walked his talk.
When I grow up, I want to be more like David Edmonson… and more like Christ. He taught me that. And I’m forever grateful.