You may not realize it when you first meet someone, but who they are–I mean, who they really are–isn’t usually on the surface. I’m not saying that what you see is a facade or that everyone is fake, but we are more than who we appear to be. I can’t help but think of the old adage, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” But…we still do.
It’s often difficult to see past those initial snap judgements about a person. Whether it be their hair style, their makeup (or lack of), their clothing, or even their shoes, we start to form an opinion of who they are from the first glance.
As time goes on, it becomes difficult not to allow those initial judgements to lock the person into a category in your mind.
The beauty in creation is that God has made us to image Him (Gen. 1-3) but He has also created us to be unique! There are so many different types of men and women. Their characteristics, outward appearance, preferences, and even sense of humor will vary depending on the person. This, in my opinion, only enhances the amazing aspects of God and His creative approach to creation.
We All Have A Story
So, with that said, I believe we all have a story and that it is immensely important.
You see, I’m a photographer as well as a writer. It’s an interesting combination because the writer side of me craves the story of whatever I’m photographing, and the photographer side tries to tell that story through images. Whether it’s an event, a wedding, an engagement, or just friends at a BBQ, I desire to capture the story of it all. Why? Because that’s what touches people. That’s what connects them to the images I take. That’s what makes it real.
I believe God has gifted us each to have a story to share, but for a purpose. In the same way my images can connect with any viewer, our lives can be an “image” of God’s work. A living testimony.
We have a story to share for a purpose.
You’ve probably heard it said, “Everything happens for a reason.” But do you believe it? Do you realize that what lies beneath the surface, those things that aren’t immediately visible, are extremely important to the Lord? That it’s this portion of you and the life you live that affects others?
I want to encourage you today to consider your story. Be ready to have answers for questions like these:
- What has God done in your past (you life)?
- What is God teaching you currently?
- What trials has God brought you through and what did you learn through them?
- What is one thing you’ve seen God miraculously do in your life?
The answers to these questions are some of the most powerful tools and evidence of the Lords presence and working in your life. When you take time to realize what He is doing, it’s easier to remember that He will continue to work in your life just as He’s promised.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.