Credit Where It Is Due
Credit Where It is Due
I like to make photographs, and I enjoy being praised for what I have done. But God teaches a different attitude, one of thankfulness and humility. He pointed that out to me recently. I DO NOT MAKE THESE PHOTOGRAPHS ALONE. I didn't create the light, or the technology which makes photography possible. I didn't buy my camera, it was a gift from my husband. I didn't give myself the ability to see through the camera in order to make an image which others find pleasing. It is right to use what I have been given to the best of my ability, but it is wrong to take credit for what I have not done. God made the light, the elements which are used to manufacture the camera, and the world from which these images come. He has given me gifts: people to teach me, eyes to see with, and a brain to process information. I am thankful for these gifts. He deserves all the praise, not I.
Monday, July 20, 2009
"Make new friends, but keep the old,
One is silver and the other gold."
A "gold" friend of mine is almost here. I just spoke with her on the phone, and they're about an hour away. I'm so happy she's coming!
We met in second grade, and now we're both old enough to be grandmothers. We were in Brownies and Girl Scouts together, we went to summer camp together, and we spent nearly every weekend together at one or the other of our homes. Her parents were my second parents, and mine were hers. We have kept in touch. I love that we are still friends.
I have silver friends, too. There are more of them, and they are special to me, but I have very few gold friends like Julie.