“Could you take some pictures of our church service?”
The first time I was asked this, I froze. I was still using my point and shoot at the time, and knew taking pictures of a huge sanctuary would require a much different lens. So I made the promise that I’d indeed take pictures after my camera upgrade. True to my word, I let them know once I had a new camera in hand.
I had no idea I’d be utilized for photography skills. Guys, I’m a true blue self taught hack. But I love to play with what I see through a lens. Taking pictures is like telling a story. What can we say with one picture?
It’s hard to describe what doing this does for me. When you sink yourself into your passions, everything becomes effortless. And if you can somehow help others with it in some small way, priceless. While I never expect a return of any kind, something always does come back to me. It never ever fails. Ever.
It can even be a life experience. Thinking back, I’ve gone through some difficult stuff in my own life, and when I can offer that up to another going through something similar, I know then, why I had to go through it myself. Even the hard knocks of life can flip into a gift.
Think of it this way. We’ve been given a gift, so using our gifts to gift others, especially one in need of it, is like paying it forward.
Give generously of your gifts, to those in need and never with an expectation of a return. For it’s those times, something generally comes your way, that betters what you just gave.
Try it and see.
These pictures were taken for the Yarrow Alliance Church FB Page.
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