When Australian nature photographer Ken Duncan feels overwhelmed by life, he looks to the sky and remembers God’s love and power.
Australian photographer Ken Duncan
That’s what he told Hope Media in the leadup to the National Day Of Thanksgiving this Saturday, May 30.
Ken Duncan is an award-winning, world travelling photographer who first perfected and made famous the art of the panograph. He’s also a National Day of Thanksgiving ambassador.
For Ken, gratitude is a way of life, as he is constantly considering the ingenuity of God, seen in the beauty of the natural world.
“To look at nature is to look into the heart of God,” he said, “and our only appropriate response is to be overwhelmed with gratitude.
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“I think in the world we’re living in right now, it’s so full of fear and anxiety and generally a lot of the media is so negative.
“Being thankful is a way of turning things around.
“Start looking at the great things that are happening in our country, in the people around us.
“As you sow, so you reap. If you sow thoughts of ‘poor old me’, it’s not going to do anything except sink you further into a hole. You need to look around you and get a bigger picture.
“Often people get so weighed down by the things around them that they’ve lost sight of the bigger picture.
“You only need to go out and look up at the stars, and when you see them all up there so perfectly placed, you think, ’well God if you can deal with that, you can certainly deal with any of my problems.’
“While ever there’s life, there’s hope.”
A Day To Thank Those Who Have Helped You
Ken is encouraging Australians to thank someone who has helped them along in life this Saturday.
“Look around you and start thinking of what you can be thankful for, and how can you appreciate people around you and saying ‘thankyou for being part of my life’,” he said.
“You’ll realise how many people have helped you along your way.”
He added that it’s a chance to be kind to others.
“I think if you really want to find the key to life, it’s find a need and fill it – fixing someone else’s life, not just your own. It’ll stop you just looking at yourself.”
Ken said his positive attitude was passed down from his mother.
“My mother used to say, ‘always look for the good. If you want to have a bad day that’s fine, but it’s not going to get you anywhere’. And she was right,” he said.
“Life can throw you some heavy situations but whatever happens, our God is bigger than any situation. He can do all things.
“Sometimes I’ve yelled out to God, “I’m overwhelmed”. And he says “Son, I know you might be but I’m not.”
The National Day of Thanksgiving is an initiative of the Australian Prayer Network.
This year organisers are encouraging people to remember and show gratitude to two groups of people: those working in finance for charities – such as bookkeepers, treasurers and accountants, as well as – dads, father figures and mentors.
They suggest holding events such as afternoon teas, giving certificates of thanks to volunteers, or posting Facebook statuses about the things you’re thankful for, tagging friends to do the same.