Sometimes I enjoy going for walks.. Whether I am walking just to process or walking to a friend's house. It is nice. Also, I am cheap so I would rather walk than drive. But that is another blog in itself..
But as I walked a couple of weeks back I saw an absolutely beautiful Texas sunset! (Although I am pretty positive it set in other places too..) I have seen some great sunsets lately and every time I have this weird tug to pull out my phone and snap a picture. Fighting this urge is really strange to me and pretty sad that we can't really enjoy anything, without trying to "capture the moment"...
I took a social media break for October and it really helped me step back and see this addiction to posting poor quality photos of nothing. I mean we snap pictures of food, dogs, pumpkins, whatever it may be! I am not saying this is bad, but it just makes pictures meaningless. So what does this do to us?
Where is the art?
I love looking at old photos. Maybe of towns, or people, or nature. It is beautiful, right? We used to have film and disposable cameras that only gave us a select number of photos. (Yes, middle schoolers this is real.. Google it! Or ask Siri.) So the pictures we did take, took thought and they were special. Now we have gigabytes of pretty much nothing..
I think at times this is how we feel. There are so many people and maybe we are just another poor quality photo. Oh man, if you only knew how special you are!! Keep reading or skip to the bottom and I will tell you:)
Would you have an Instagram if you didn't receive likes? Would you post pictures if you didn't have followers..? I mean really, ask yourself. Honestly I probably wouldn't.. To me this is sad. I mean it is called insta..gram.. So it is literally instant. Snap a picture and post.. No thought. No real meaning.
At times I can post a picture and get a good amount of "likes". But if you search Instagram there are pictures of cheese that probably have more likes than a picture of me.. The amount of your "likes" or "followers" you have does not even put a dent in how much our Father loves you!
SIDE NOTE: Jesus only had 12 followers...
Valencia.. No.. Maybe Lo-Fi.?
With every picture we then must choose the perfect filter right? I get it.. It is fun and it makes us feel like we are talented photographers.
One of the things that kept me from snapping pictures of the sunset was that my phone can't capture that beauty. Have you ever looked back at pictures. Places, people, and moments and so much better than what the lens captures.
You are far greater than an iPhone quality photo. Better than a professional photo actually.
"For we are God's Masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." Ephesians 2:10
You hear that.. You. Yes, you! Are a masterpiece. Do you know what that means?
Masterpiece: "an artist's or craftsman's best piece of work."
You see a masterpiece takes agonizing hours and delicate work. An artist will literally just work and work, erase and redo, chisel and chisel.. When the work is done the piece of art is usually a reflection of that artist. That is who we are through Jesus!
Have you ever noticed that all art is usually a copy? I mean we have paintings and pictures of sunsets, people, and nature. Those are all created things by God. The ultimate artist! And we are his masterpiece?? Wow! My prayer is that today you can feel that. You are God's greatest work. The person that cut you off in your car, God's greatest work. Your boss, God's greatest work..
Love you guys! I pray y'all can go out there and treat people for who they are... God's masterpiece!
My name is Andrew Berry! I am just living my life chasing after Jesus and trying to point others to Him.