Better or Worse? Look, See Pray

It’s OK. Your eyes are alright. It looks a bit odd. It is a real place, a real picture, but I have tweaked it a bit. Photographing autumn landscapes is a delight, but sometimes the end result doesn’t match the image in our mind. The temptation is then to “cheat” a bit on the computer and process it as really bright and colourful. Does it look better? You decide!

Some folks look at life this way. It doesn’t quite fit their dream, so they hype everything up and go looking for super-wonderful-colourful experiences. Adrenaline rush and grabbing the dream, that’ll do.

Others may see everything the absolute opposite way. Their “take” on life misses the colour… it is all grey and grim and hopeless. Worse than ever. Perhaps like this:

Or we may decide to look carefully and realistically, and appreciate it as near to authentically as we can. Like this:

The same scene, woods at Ashridge, as close to what I originally set out to photograph. Personally- this is the best outcome (you may not agree!).

What makes the difference? All three pictures were affected by the personality of the cameraman- choosing the scene- and all three were influenced by decisions I took.

Our interpretation of life is influenced by the decisions, the mindset, we bring to each day. Sometimes that is under our control, but there will be times when our experiences or circumstances lead us to err one way or the other. I have to say that Covid-19 is getting to me a bit! Normally a chirpy Starling, life is bringing out the vulture in me… Like the four Scouse vultures in Disney’s classic “Jungle Book” cartoon (my favourite film!).

We need friends, encouragers. If you want to make a positive contribution to your family, friends or neighbours- choose to become an encourager!

“A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.” (Proverbs 17:17, NLT)

Ultimately the one decisive factor in our attitude and outlook (I just typed “poutlook” by mistake- perhaps I should have left it in!) is going to be the security of knowing we are loved- by God Himself. “For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.” (Romans 5:10, NLT)

So, for better or worse? Being real, and recognising we need a lot of help, love and support- that helps us see things the way God sees them. And us too.

And very seriously- if we find ourselves struggling, we ought to seek help. Maybe a friend, may be the doctor, it may be prayer and the counsel of a pastor. It’s never wrong to admit we could use a hand. Especially when life is all upside and sideways like it is at the moment! It’s not weakness. It is wisdom. God bless us all. Amen.


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