January 23, 2013

by Derek Archer @daredub

The first concert I ever went to was Bon Jovi in the Tacoma Dome. I was exposed to loud music, big hair, crowds full of screaming people, and utter awesomeness.

My mom didn’t want me to go. As a  sophomore in high school I was given a school project to write a convincing paper to our parent(s) presenting a case for why we should be able to do something. With the big haired band nearing on tour, I instantly knew what I wanted to pursue. She let me go. Apparently I was convincing.


What we are exposed to matters. In my case, being exposed to a rock concert environment gave me a hunger for more. I wasted a lot of time and money chasing after bands that weren’t really good to find an experience that would be over in a few hours.

For those who take pictures with cameras that aren’t phones, there is an option to open up the shutter for a long period of time. This allows you to capture the stationary objects, while also allowing the light to reflect off the moving objects and is known and long-exposure photography. (You can find more examples here.) What I find so interesting with this type of picture is that you can capture both what is, and what is becoming. You can see both steady and unsteady, fixed and moving.

If it were possible to take a long-exposure picture of each of our lives, we would see two contrasting images. The steady, of course would be that of our unchanging creator. The moving images would be our lives, being transformed more into his image. While this is impossible, I am sure that the overlaying the work God is doing in our lives over his perfect self would be both amazing and beautiful.

If you are a photographer, you do not accidentally take this type of picture, it is very intentional. So too must we intentionally place ourselves in the a place to be changed.

It says in Ephesians 5:11, “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, rather expose them.” Apparently, crazy things happen when the lights are off. (I know this was true for those at the rock concerts I went to.) However in a world that is always moving and changing, it is only in contrast to that which is unchanging, that we can see to expose that which is not good. It is only in light of a perfect God that we can see imperfections.

We must expose ourselves to good things, to God things. A person cannot become a Christian until they see God, and the role of a believer is to then continually seek God. As leaders, we are to do what we can to expose others to the very present reality of God in our lives today.

This is best done when we show others a God who is both perfect and unchanging, and yet works with us to make us beautiful.

What is the best way we can show this to others?


  1. Awesome!! I love it. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee..(Isa. 26:3) Or…Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phl 4:8. Thanks a bunch for sharing Derek!

    • Thanks Rob! It is fun to be in this process.

  2. Derek! I really enjoyed this blog! I can imagine that in heaven God will show us a beautiful replay of our lives overlaid with his steady plan, a contrast of the broken people we are and whole people He created us to be slowly morphing into one.

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