How Are We Seen?

The original photo

The original photo

Ever since summer vacation started, I have been obsessed with taking pictures and using Photoshop. It might be because I have had more time to use Photoshop since I do not have be at work again until the end of the month. A few weeks ago, I took the kids down to the park, so they could ride their bikes around the lake. I took a few pictures that day, but I decided to play around with Photoshop on this one. I was inspired after reading a couple of photography

Sunset added to the background.

Sunset added to the background.

blogs on black and white photos and using the different filters in Photoshop. What happens when you use the different filters is you begin to focus on different parts of the photo, or some of the different different details you want to bring out.

Cephia tone

Cepia tone

One thing Photoshop is most well known for is taking out the bad parts of an image and bringing out the good. In a previous post, I had taken several pictures of my daughter, and I used Photoshop to cover up the bug bites she had on her legs. My little girl has this nasty habit of scratching the itch until it starts to bleed. It use a couple different buttons, and some very precise clicking and it looks like she has no problems. Click her to see examples of this.

The edges around the photo are in black and white, with the center in color.

The edges around the photo are in black and white, with the center in color.

While I was playing around with this one picture I made me think about how God looks at us. Here are some example from Scripture that reminds of what God sees.

Psalm 139:13-16
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Ephesians 1:4-5
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will-

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

The filter used is called old paper.

The filter used is called old paper.

Psalm 139:1-4
O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.

Colossians 2:13-14
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.

It's a pencil sketch I made of the photo.  Just kidding, I used a filter.

It’s a pencil sketch I made of the photo. Just kidding, I used a filter.

John 1:12-13
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

Often we forget that our identity in Christ is what defines who we are. Too often we allow a poor view of ourselves to hurt our lives and ministries. When we look at our faults, we ignore the potential that we have in Christ. The other side of that is when we look at others what do we see. Do we see the potential they have in Christ, or the faults they have? Too often we focus on the splinter in someone else, and ignore the plank in our own lives.

I used a watercolor filter.  This brings out the stones on the bridge.

I used a watercolor filter. This brings out the stones on the bridge.

When you see yourself, what are you looking at? Do you see your potential in Christ, or your short comings?

When you look at others what do you see? do you see their potential in Christ, or their short coming?

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2 thoughts on “How Are We Seen?

  1. I enjoy your different renditions of this bridge. The pencil sketch is quite effective. I enjoy both the taking of photos and Photoshop. Also in finding God in the everyday. Thank you for following today, Joe! 🙂 Pat

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