A devout life does bring wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough.*
Recently I have been somewhat frustrated with the limitations of my camera equipment. I felt that I needed to upgrade, but when I made a list of all that I would like to have realized that it was probably pie in the sky, at least for now. I’d also been nursing a serious case of unfulfilled wanderlust. To cheer myself up, I decided to go out into the yard using just the kit lens shipped with my camera (an AF-S Nikkor 18-55 mm 1:3-5:6GII ED) to see what simple beauty I could capture.
After a thoroughly enjoyable photo shoot in my own yard my whole outlook changed. I realized it’s my attitude that governs my satisfaction. What I have right now is sufficient to bring me all that I need. One of the main reasons that I love photography is that it focuses attention on God’s beautiful creation. The natural world exists not just in the grandeur of wilderness but also right in my back yard. The equipment that I have may not be what I want, but for now, it is more than enough. Appreciating that gives me sweet satisfaction.
*1 Timothy 6:6-8 Message Bible Translation (Not what I use for study, but appropriate here. For a better translation of this passage see Blue Letter Bible.org.)