I came across this video the other day and it moved me. It made me stop and reflect on the ways that I view others and made me think of the “lenses” that I see people through. Take a few minutes to watch the video here….
A photograph is shaped more by the person behind the camera than by what is in front of it.
We are all behind the “camera” of our lives. How are we shaping the portraits of the people in front of it? Are we allowing their faults to take front and center in their portrait? Are we allowing hurts they have caused us to block out their portrait all together? Are we allowing the lens of what the world says they are to determine what we see in their portrait? It’s also not uncommon for us to shape their portraits with preconceived ideas we have of them based on what they look like, what their background is or what they do for a living. Often times the portraits we shape of others leads us to distance ourselves from them – even people we don’t really know.
None of us are perfect. We are far from it. But God is perfect in all His ways. And that same God, who sees every one of our imperfections and failures, shapes our portrait through the lens of unfailing love, hope and grace.
Here are some scriptures to remind you of the “lens” that God sees us through:
- We are not defined by our past. 2 Corinthians 5:17
- We are chosen. John 15:16
- We were created to be like Him. Ephesians 4:24
- He calls us friend. John 15:15
- Nothing can separate us from His love. Romans 8:38-39
- We are His workmanship – created for a purpose. Ephesians 2:10
My challenge for you today is a 2-part challenge:
- Shape the portraits of others in your life through God’s lens – not the lens of their past, not the lens of your hurt, or preconceived notions. Let’s remove the barriers of what we see through our “lenses” and take time to really get to know the people around us. We were meant to do life together and have so much to gain and learn from one another.
- Be a leader in the change of seeing others for who they really are and lead a small group this fall! Small groups are the perfect place for people to let their guard down and develop life-long friendships. It may seem a little intimidating, but trust me – it’s SO worth it. If you need help developing your small group idea or have questions about what is involved in leading a small group, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.