A Question to Start Your Week: What’s Your Wave?

July 28, 2014 | 28 comments

His name is Clark Little.

Eight years ago, he didn’t own a camera. Today? He’s capturing the majesty of a wave like no one else does.

All because he followed his passion, straight into the ocean, and dared to be different.

 

Clearly, Mr. Little is one of millions of people who have stood at the shore and marveled at the sheer beauty of creation.

Yeah, he’s one of millions.

But he’s also one in a million. He was made to create, not imitate.

So he did what no one else was doing. He left the shore and dove head first into the waves, where the ocean wraps around itself.

“People ask, ‘what are your settings? How did you promote yourself? Blah Blah Blah. I just went out, and did what I did, and did what I loved. And it kind of happened,” says Little.

What’s your wave?

You are one in a million. You were made to create, not imitate. God didn’t ask you to be Clark Little or Mary or Michael or Amanda or Paula or David. He asked you to be you. You were made on purpose … for a purpose.

You have a wave. Can you see its outline in your own heart? Are you already riding it?

It doesn’t have to be oceanic, but it might be. Maybe it looks like a ripple, but it might feel tidal on the inside of you.

What moves you? Pay attention to that. What gives you life? Pursue that. Don’t be afraid to leave the shore if you have to chase after your wave.

No one else’s wave looks quite like yours.

No one else can write your book or speak your message.

No one else can launch that business, start that mission, teach that lesson, make that art, raise that troop of kids … quite like you.

Your wave plus God equals tidal force. Feel the wave under your feet.

And let the rhythm of the water move you.

 

An inside look at the stunning beauty of waves, with Clark Little. If you can’t see the video, click here:

by | July 28, 2014 | 28 comments

28 Comments

    • dukeslee

      Thanks for sharing yesterday. I thought it was so fun that we were both talking about waves on Facebook. 🙂

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  1. ro elliott

    I love this… Sometimes we crash into the shore and we are gun shy of getting back in the water…I am so thankful for His patient love…one that woos us… A love that calls us… That encourage us …that we are never too old to get back in the water… Floating in His love…and learning again how to catch the wave… Here’s to surfing together in His ocean of love…each person riding a wave of their own…while riding together…in His one Body of water!!!!

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    • dukeslee

      Great words from you here in the comments, Ro. Thanks.

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  2. TonyLGrossmen

    Don’t be afraid to leave the shore if you have to chase after your wave. http://moourl.com/wqd5o

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  3. Jody Ohlsen Collins

    Oh, Jennifer……..this gets my childhood beach memories going. My brother has been surfing for over 40 years, first in So Cal where we grew up and now here in WA state. We’ve both been in love with waves, whether it’s riding them (him) or jumping over and through them (me).
    Clark Little’s work is amazing. Thank you for this.

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    • dukeslee

      I rarely see the ocean, but am mesmerized by it when I get the chance. Did you ever attempt surfing?

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  4. Beth

    I needed this today. Beautiful words from a beautiful person. Thank you. <3

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    • dukeslee

      Smooch!

      Thanks Beth. 🙂

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  5. Karrilee Aggett

    This is just all kinds of Gorgeous!!! Love this! Ironically (but not) my small group was JUST talking about this today – and I recently just painted a canvas of a heart, with a wave in it! <3

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    • dukeslee

      I love your art! That’s one of your waves, isn’t it, Karrilee?

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  6. Lynn D. Morrissey

    Jennifer, that is INCREDIBLE!!!! Where ever did you find this?! I love it. And your writing beautifully captures the metaphor. Gosh, you write so well, and, moreover, you’re such an encourager. My problem is I might drown. =] But I *do* get this! Love it. REminds me of the snowflake guy I read in (of all things) a psychology book–Snowflake Bentley: http://snowflakebentley.com/
    Love you, Jennifer!
    xxoo
    Lynn

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    • dukeslee

      Lynn, I discovered Clark Little only last week. Some friends on Facebook had been sharing the video, and I found it inspiring.

      Thank you for your kind words. Always a joy to have you here, Lynn.

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      • Lynn D. Morrissey

        And always so much a pleasure!! Thx Jen.

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  7. Kris Camealy

    I’ve been following Clark on Instagram. Just amazing. I love this–and I love your encouragement. Thank you for reminding me to dive in. it’s just the nudge I needed today 😉 XO

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    • dukeslee

      Just started following him. I wasn’t familiar with his work until I saw a video circulating around Facebook last week.

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  8. marthaorlando

    Found my wave and am riding high! You are so right – God can take the ripple and turn it into a tidal wave, that’s for sure. Clark’s photos are amazing and so inspirational to all who need to know they are one in a million in the eyes of God.
    Blessings!

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    • dukeslee

      That is GREAT to hear. So glad you found your wave.

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  9. Jacqui Hodges

    I love your post today! The whole idea of catching your own wave! I needed to hear that! thanks so much for writing.

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    • dukeslee

      Thanks for stopping by Jacqui!

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  10. Natalie

    I struggle being true to my own wave and am grateful for the voices that speak to that. Thanks for being that today.

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  11. Nancy Ruegg

    What a powerful post, Jennifer–breathing new life and resolve into the hearts of your readers. Especially when you said, “Your wave plus God equals tidal force.” I want to ride the wave he’s chosen for me, but which one is it? I’ll never know if I don’t paddle out there where the possibilities await. Paddling out is part of the faith-growing process. The good news–no, the incredible news is, I have NOTHING to lose with Almighty God at my side. Hallelujah!

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  12. Rebekah

    Hmmm . . . very inspiring. Thanks for sharing is such a beautiful way. You have such a ‘wave’ with words, Jennifer! 🙂

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  13. joni

    you writers just amaze me, i love words but grammar eludes. my papers always looked like blood soaked from red ink.

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  14. joni

    this one speaks to the ocean i love the God who made the ocean. The ocean has been the place where God has spoken to me and i can see Him the clearest.

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  15. DittoAshley

    I love how you said- He made us on purpose- for a purpose. I can’t tell you how much I really needed to hear that. Some small days I feel like I’m invisible. <3 Thank you for the encouragement

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