Pakistan: Pride comes before the fall

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I went to sleep with a warm fuzzy feeling that came from a well known photo editor saying he liked the latest round of photos I had shot in Pakistan, “Many are beautiful in their aesthetic construction and use of light.” I awoke in the middle of the night with a knowing that I had put his validation of my work before my desire to honor God. I didn’t feel the heavy hammer in the hand of a jealous God, just a knowing that He wanted me to be wary of sliding off the road into a ditch of pride.

It was more of a gentle reminder to me that any creativity I have is a gift from Him. I often quote these words from the Bible, “To Him, through Him and for Him. Sometimes I tend to waffle and change it to, “To me, through me and for me.”

Photo shot of school wall under construction in Pakistan.

(Canon 5D MarkII, 24-105mm @55mm, 1/60 sec, f5, ISO 400)

11 thoughts

  1. Wow, Very very true. found myself in this spot before many times…. I have to say, i’m really excited to have read your blog. Im going to be in the School of Photography with YWAM Jan. 2010 and It’s really refreshing to read your blog and see that the heart of the person that will be teaching us for a week is to serve God out of humility.

    Peace

  2. Gary, I know exactly what you mean. It’s so easy to start heading towards seeking approval from other people through our work. Thanks for being transparent and real, bro. I mean it! Your work is awesome and a reflection of your love for God.

  3. Carsten, The road we as artists walk is a very narrow path with slippery slopes on either side. We want to do good work that is appreciated and moving to others. Yet, we can’t be motivated by our audiences responses, good or bad. I just want to do what I know I am supposed to do.

  4. “What men build with their gifts, they can just as quickly destroy with their character.” Frank Viola

    Maybe a tangent here but I think it applies. Regardless of our endeavors the ultimate test of value is the character which colors what we produce. That particular scripture in your photo resonates with me in regard to my expressing the body of Christ through house church. I have become more convinced than ever that my “gifts” are completely insufficient to bring about spiritual growth in those we meet with. Unless I am willing to position myself at the “to Him, thru Him, for Him” place, my character (or lack there of) will be sure to touch what I build.
    It is when I truly understand and live out of the position that “the life that I now live, I live by faith in the One who Loves me and gave Himself for you me” that His character is what others see and I am assured of an outcome that is “to Him, thru Him, for Him”.

    Which vessel are you? 2 Timothy 2:20-21

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