Lens in the Light
The world needs your hand
Does living your life for others create a sense of meaning you are seeking in your lives? You might have heard of the photographer Kevin Carter, who won the Pulitzer Prize for ‘Feature Photography’ in 1994 for his famous photograph, “The vulture and the little girl”, published in the month of March 1993 in The New York Times. Carter, in this photograph, pictured a feeble famine-stricken toddler who had collapsed on the way to a feeding center with a vulture staring at the toddler nearby. He had been advised by the people not to touch them because of some disease, so he tried to scare the creature away and watched as the toddler crept with her forehead leaned down. He ended his life four months after receiving the prize as he was let down by contemplating the day he was helpless towards the child.
There’s another viral photograph of a child service worker, Anja Ringgren Loven, in which she was seen rescuing an abandoned, starving child wandering alone on the streets for eight months. One year later, she shared the picture of the same boy transformed completely. These photographs brought success to both Carter and Loven but with a difference, the former being appreciated for clicking the picture showing the struggle of the starving child, which made his credibility a lot of harm, and the latter for showing generosity towards the starving child.
John Piper quoted, “People don’t enjoy salt. They enjoy what is salted. We are the salt of the earth. We do not exist for ourselves”. Philippians 2: 3,4 says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests, but each of you to the interests of the others”. The Samaritan in the Gospel of Luke chapter 10 teaches us that the purpose of our life as Christians lies in how we serve others, which mold us into the blueprint that God has for us in our lives. Let the world watch our good works and be drawn to our Heavenly Father.
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