A man s heart has only enough life in it to pursue one object fully. Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834 to 1892)
Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses? Jesus replied, You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself. The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments. Matthew 22:36 to 40 (NLT)
In landscape photography, to have a great image, one of the essentials is what experts call, great elements. Basically, great elements include three things: background, main subject, and foreground.
Here is an image example:
In this image, the background is the sky and mountain, the foreground is the white sand & sea (but can also be considered as middle ground for some), and the subject is the boat and red tents. Having a distinct a foreground and background also gives a sense of depth to your picture and helps to prevent your landscapes from appearing as simple flat snapshots of scenery.
So it is with our life. Life has its own great elements. A great image requires great elements. A great life also requires great elements. And what are the life s greatest elements? Creator, Calling, Community.
Shall I say, the main subject of life is our Creator.
God and man exist for each other and neither is satisfied without the other. A. W. Tozer (1897 to 1963)
The foreground which we set our foot on for stability is our Calling.
A calling is simply God shaping of your burden and beckoning you to your service to him in the place and pursuit of his choosing. Finding your home in your service to Christ is key to noticing the threads designed just for you. It gives you that hand in glove sensation and provides the security of knowing that you are utilizing your gifts and your will to God s ends first, not for yours. When your will becomes aligned with God s will, his calling upon you has found its home. (Zacharias, Ravi)
And the background which our whole life must revolve around is the Community. Maybe I would like to add that one of the great elements in landscape photography is great companions. It is more joyful to have great companions while traveling far and while waiting for the magic hour. The community, the companions, or what we call nowadays, the Village, is where we are loved, guided, corrected, mentored, trained, encouraged, the same Village we must be serving.
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. John Donne (1572 to 1631)
That, I believe, is the greatest image of life. Composed of the three greatest elements of life.
If we fully comprehended the brevity of life, our greatest desire would be to please God and to serve one another. James C. Dobson
Today, make the best shot of your short life. Make the best composition of your life. Gather the great elements.