I have never liked having my picture taken and in fact, I avoided it all through school. Then, I remarried to my 2nd hubby, Ken, who happened to be a professional photographer! He always wanted to take pics of me and I would resist. He managed to get a few photos of me, but it wasn’t until we moved to Oregon that I got a little more comfortable in front of the lens.
I’ve always admired and even envied people who the camera just loved. They never take a bad pic! But, as I was thinking about how I look in front of the viewfinder, I realized the camera sees more than just my outward appearance. It captures my facial expression, body language and even my emotions. You can look at any portrait and wonder what the person might have been thinking when the photo was taken.
If we really give this more thought, we’re all in front of the camera everyday. It might not be in the form of a Nikon, Canon, Olympus, or any other brand name but in the eyes of those around us. Our eyes are secret cameras.
I remember when Ken and I were dating, we went to a restaurant and we were waiting to be seated. It was a long line that day and we were standing near the door. Ken told me that I looked angry by my facial expression. I wasn’t even aware of it. I thought I looked fine, but I was feeling annoyed and it showed.
That day made me become more aware of my countenance. I now work hard at not showing my feelings outwardly because:
- I don’t want to give off the wrong impression and;
- I don’t want to turn people away. Who wants to be around a sourpuss anyways?
Jesus is also watching me so I want to please Him too. It’s easy to point at others, but we forget to look at ourselves. We don’t always feel happy, but we can learn to steadily stand still.
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – 1 Philippians 4:11-13 (NKJV)
And that really is the key to life, isn’t it?, to be able to handle the ups and downs while not letting the ups and downs have us.
One important thing to remember is someone is always seeing me and it doesn’t matter if I’m home isolated and only Ken is there. Am I coming across short, frustrated or upbeat and positive?
The world watches us to see if we really believe what we try to portray. Do they see two sides of you?, or do they see consistency in how you look and act? We should always want to be genuine people who love The Lord…and well, that starts with us on the inside.
You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; – 2 Corinthians 3:2 (NKJV)