Wednesday, December 31, 2008

personal projects

this is more for myself than for other readers.

[ ] photo project that will be made into a book using --> hidden things, doorways?
[ ] polaroid picture project
[ ] catch up with old friends from h.s. (dougie and katya and mike and alice)
[ ] tab out five for fighting and God bless the broken road
[ ] play a lot more guitar
[ ] make some friends
[ ] hear some stories
[ ] read a good book
[ ] buy some good CD's at PRX
[ ] photograph the early fog
[ ] pray constantly

Saturday, December 27, 2008

the other night

all she said was:

"Teaching begins at home."

her words were brief, her face aged, and her eyes tired.
in each person we encounter, therein lies a story to be shared.
maybe one day i'll hear her story.

1 timothy 1:15-16
15Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.

paul was a tool. a tool for God. God used his wrecklessness and crazy lifestyle to bring even more glory to Himself when paul's heart was eventually broken and his life went from hater-->minister. he writes himself "in me... the worst of sinners". if God used paul, we should remember that God uses us, no matter how many times we think we've fallen or are so distant or so far from Him. between grace and us there is no distance.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

light show 12.20.08

(two images overlaid directly in my camera)

Thursday, December 11, 2008



not my pics!

love them!

Sunday, December 7, 2008


if things in life don't excite you, then perhaps you gotta make some lifestyle changes.


some of life's biggest lessons come not from what we get, but from what we lose. because when we lose something, our eyes are opened up a little more to what we actually do have, and what really matters to us.

so this is what i write:

dear Life:

lets get it on

-jon tan.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

give franks. [=~~~==]

if friends really cared for friends, then go ahead and show it today.

people who say they care, or feel they care, but don't step-up when things go awry, probably aren't really good friends.

do something genuine for a friend today. call them out on something if you see them going down the wrong direction, not because you're better but because you care.

better yet, i urge all who read this to go and encourage somebody you care about. give them a thank you, and say why. tell them they're appreciated, and say what for.

tomorrow ain't guaranteed. and we can never have enough real friends, yeah?

(picture not mine, i wish i was him!!!)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008

Enough is enough...

Far too long have we been wasting our time with the trivial things of this world.

What in the world are Christians doing wasting away with video games, hours of movie-watching and purposeless hanging out? i believe there is a line between building relationships and being a killer of time. and the latter is what Satan rejoices to. Yes I said the name, S-a-t-a-n.

Yes, I believe there are times in which we set aside to find rest, to 'chillax' and get some downtime in the midst of all that we call life. but if there isn't that urgency in our lives, if the Great Commission and all that Jesus Christ had preached about does not run through our veins, if His love does not flow into our interactions with other people, than what are we doing with ourselves?

Too many hours have i sat through sermons and bible studies hearing about what God calls us to do and how Jesus walked this earth. at too many large groups have I overheard people talk about what Jesus preached. and I must confess I fall into the majority when i say this: enough talking about this JESUS character and
it's about freakin time we start walking as he walked, touching as his hands have touched, standing firm to what is righteous and living as He lived. how better do we learn what love is than in action?

C'mon people. our days are numbered, our lives are too short to squander on WoW, chasing after intimate relationships, and worshipping ourselves. if you call yourself a Christian, and if we are not investing in the eternal, then i urge you to evaluate how you live your life.

how dare we waste what we have been given? and how tragic is it if our lives reflects the man who buried the one talent in this parable...