Jan 112014

1se iPhoneSo, I’ve made a movie. And you might be in it!

Those who’ve been following this blog a while won’t be surprised by that. I wrote a post 9 months ago sharing the first 90 seconds of it, but now it’s 6 minutes long.

A movie about me

I made this film using an app called ’1 Second Everyday’. The premise is simple: film one second of video each day, and then mash them all together into a film about your life. I have LOVED doing it (for all the reasons I blogged about 9 months ago) and I love the video I’ve now made.

It’s not finished because I’ll keep doing it and it’ll keep getting longer. But since I’ve now been doing it for exactly a year, it felt like a good time for an update. So here it is, my life:

Life changes, and so do we

I still love the process of making this for the same reasons I did 9 months ago, but there’s more now. This may not be a life-changing video for you, but it’s a video of life changing for me.

Watching it shows the different seasons of life, and how things change. I have changed. I have grown. I am not the same person I was a year ago.

SeasonsIn just 6 minutes you see two different houses (we moved) and two different dogs (one tragically died, and we just got a new dog a week ago). You see snow and bright sunshine. The seasons of my life are changing. Things which were very much a part of me 12 months ago are now memories. There is sadness in that for sure, but also hope because there are new and wonderful things I never even imagined back then.

We are all changing, all the time, and it’s good to look back at the journey we’ve been on.

Invest in what matters

Watching the video also helps me realise what matters to me. When I see what I chose to remember, it reveals who I am.

You see loads of my beautiful wife and my dog(s). After Jesus, my wife is the most important person in the world to me, and always will be. Family is my top priority, and I’m pleased this is reflected in the video.

You also see quite a bit of my work activity, whether that be me preaching or at my desk or doing a whole host of other things. I see my work as an outworking of my calling, and it is deeply important to me.

I started trying to count all the friends I see in the 6 minutes, but I gave up. There are too many, and if you’re one of my friends know this: you matter to me very deeply.

(There’s also far more than I expected of me indulging in one of my hobbies, which is a card game called Magic: The Gathering. It’s very nerdy, but also very fun, and I’m a little obsessed. I guess I’ve outed myself now…)

So that’s some of what makes me tick. What about you? Who would be the stars in a movie about your life, and what would be the key features? Whoever they are and whatever they are, make sure you really invest in them. Who knows when the seasons might change again?

If you’re interested in the app, more can be found by clicking here.

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