The setting for the camera was always set on automatic, because it was safe.
The instruction manual never really picked up or read, because it was safe, having the setting where it was and just point and take a picture and review it on the computer, but nothing more afterward.
So….with a pile of books on digital photography, the instruction manual, the camera and a cup of coffee, I am determine to go beyond the “automatic” settings of the camera to the “manual” and play with the many settings that came with the gift from so long ago.
It’s kinda ironic.
I had a point and take a picture camera, at one time, not many settings to worry about and now, with the nicer camera I had been dreaming about, a few years later, I still hadn’t venture from the safety of “automatic” to the exploring of the new with, “manual”.
“Don’t do it, just take a picture and leave it at that…..” was the common reply when people heard I was trying to learn how to do more with the camera than “just take a picture”. After all, what was the point of all those settings and the nice lens and the fact that I can do more than just take a picture.
Doesn’t our walk with God sometimes get like that?
“We live by faith or we do not live at all. Either we venture or we vegetate. If we venture, we do so by faith simply because we cannot know the end of anything at its beginning. We risk marriage or we stay single. We prepare for a profession by faith or we give up before we start. By faith we move mountains of opposition or we are stopped by mole hills.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are on automatic that we don’t take time to read the instruction manual (the Bible) and we go to church, and we come home, and we go on with our lives and it’s pretty much rote must of the time.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. James 1:5-6
So I pick up the photography books and read them; I take the time to go through the camera’s instruction manual to figure out, exactly how are the settings change; I search online and I look for local photography clubs and/or classes to consider to learn more how to do more than, “just take a picture”, really with no ambition other than to learn and develop a skill and take it from just there to something more than pressing a button on a camera.
So….the same with our faith.
In article called, “How do you build Real Faith” 1 by Douglas S. Winnail, Douglas offers a few steps that include, really, basic steps such as:
- Asking God through prayer (Matthew 7:7–12)
- Studying and reading the bible and not just when the mood hits, but really take the time to read the Bible and understand the background, the history, and the context. (2 Timothy 2:15)
- Live by faith (Hebrews 11)
These are just a few of some of the steps that Douglas Winnail outlined, but there are many things as a follower of Christ that we can do.
As Douglas goes,
“A Christian must also live by faith (Galatians 3:11). This means changing your life so that you begin to live by every word of God (Deuteronomy 8:2–3; Matthew 4:4). You will start keeping the Sabbath and the Holy Days, to obey God (Leviticus 23) and to follow the example of Jesus and the early church (Luke 4:16; Acts 17:1–2; John 7:1–10; 1 Corinthians 5:7–8). As you step out on faith and begin to observe these commanded assemblies with other true Christians you will begin to understand God’s plan of salvation for mankind and the true purpose of life.” 2
I look forward to taking photos that are beyond, push the button on the camera and view on the computer, and taking it a step up to being more intentional in the photos that I take, giving the photos more dimension and being an active photographer and not a passive photographer, that just stands there and takes a photo.
We have an instruction manual and its all there…it’s just a matter of reading it and moving from auto to manual.