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Smile and Say Cheese January 15, 2014
I got excited when I walked by the display of new cameras. The time had come for
me to invest in something a little better than the $89 point and shoot I've been
carrying around for the last three years. So I made a list of the ones I liked and
went home to read the latest reviews on each of them.
I have been using an inexpensive pocket camera since my nice Canon SLR was
stolen five years ago. I loved that camera. It had everything I needed to take
great pictures. It was also a Christmas gift from Lori so it had sentimental value
As I was reading the reviews I found the Sony NEX F3k/b and the Panasonic
Lumix DMC ZS25K and a dozen other models including the NEX-3NL/B and the
Lumix DMC-LZ20. As I kept searching I realized that with each brand there were
several different models. After a while they all began to look alike.
By the time I finished reading the reviews my head was spinning. There were too
many choices and I was ready to just forget the whole thing. It was too confusing.
Then I thought of a question that someone had posed to me about the Church the
She asked, "Why are there so many different denominations? We have Catholics,
Baptists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Congregationalists, Methodists and a bunch of
others. Is one better than another?" Talked about a loaded question.
All I could say is that whether you are talking about cameras or a particular
Christian denomination, you need to ask two things. Have the basic fundamentals
been addressed and do you feel like you can grow with it. You see the church is a
gift from God that can help us develop our relationship with Christ as we focus on
a life of discipleship.
Maybe it is time to consider the church through a new lens. If you have been
away, it is time to come back. So smile! God loves you and wants you to picture
yourself as a part of His family.
God bless. See you in church. Cal