The Camera Shoots the Outside and Inside

Just because I'm married to a photographer, don't think I like to be in pictures cause I don't! I do it mainly because I want to capture a memory. I am not photogenic whatsoever. I've always admired and even envy people who the camera just seems to love. They never take a bad pic! But, as I was thinking about how I look in front of the viewfinder, I realized the camera sees more than just my outward appearance. It captures my facial expression, body language, and emotions. You can look at any portrait and wonder what the person might have been thinking with the photo was taken.

If we really give this more thought, we're all in front of the camera everyday. It might not be in the form of Nikon, Canon, Olympus, or any other brand name but in the eyes of those around us. Our eyes are secret cameras. I remember a long time ago when Ken and I were dating, we went to a restaurant and we were waiting to be seated. It was a long line that day and we were standing near the door. Ken told me that I looked angry by my facial expression. I wasn't even aware of it. I thought I looked fine, but I was feeling annoyed and it showed.

That day made me become more aware of my countenance. I work hard at not showing my feelings outward because: (1) I don't want to give off the wrong impression and; (2) I don't want to turn people away. Who wants to be around a sourpuss anyways? I also know Jesus is watching me and I'm looking to please Him with my attitude. It's easy to point at someone else who's acting out, but we forget to look at ourselves. I know we aren't happy people all the time, that's unrealistic, but we can learn to steadily stand still (Philippians 4:11-13). And that's really the key to life, isn't it?, to be able to handle the ups and downs while not letting the ups and downs have us.

One important thing I'm aware of is someone is looking at me, how I conduct myself to see if I'm I really believe what I say? We all want to see genuine people...and well that starts with us on the inside.


  1. Good reminder that we are always on show from the inside out. Most importantly, what people see is what is in our heart.

    1. Yes that is so true, for out of the heart, the mouth speaks. That's why David prayed, "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me." ~ Psalms 51:10 KJV