Lands alive! I just completed the editing, downloading, and adding captions process to over 2,380 pictures taken last week in Cozumel, Mexico. You see…this was no ordinary trip. It was a family wedding/vacation.
The problem? Nearly every picture was perfect. Constant questions echoed in my mind as I sorted through each one: what to keep, what to delete, what ones are similar, who has their eyes closed or burns a hole in the page with red-eye, and the infamous…does this picture make me look fat.
Oh, easy to take a picture, but a struggle with which one says it all. Every picture should tell a recognizable story to the viewer. It’s history in the making!
Photos record our life story, don’t they? I thought about my life today as I worked on my photo project. I began to see the out of focus pictures of my life I would love to toss on a blue flame to destroy all evidence; the ones with my eyes closed or when I look like a red-eyed demon; the ones with a frown from the sun; the ones when I’m obviously looking into another camera lens while everyone else is looking into another; or I’ve turned to fix someone else’s collar; and the ones when I decided to scratch a tickle on the tip of my nose but it looks like something else. My spiritual life has faced the same issues when being ready to snap a moment of my life. I haven’t always been ready.
Snap, snap, snap from the time we’re born until the time we can barely hold our great-grandchildren. Pictures record the process of growth. So it is with our spiritual lives too. What would your album record if the photographer zoomed in on your heart?
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4
Delete the undesirable pictures of your life so you can become mature, complete, and lacking nothing. This process will turn your glamour shots into glory shots!