Do you want to be successful in photography? I do, and I would venture to say that God wants us to be successful too (that is, if we are willing to let Him define what success means for us). Thankfully, the secret to being successful is actually quite straightforward. Seriously. And here’s why. Read carefully:

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth it’s fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.

Want to prosper? Well, God has given us the secret. God tells us plain and simple, first what not to do, and then more importantly, exactly what to do. To delight and meditate on the law of the Lord day and night.

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Delight and meditate? Sounds a lot like me and photography. Do you meditate on cameras and pictures and photography tips and techniques day and night? I certainly do! And I would venture to say that you do too. But that’s what delighting and meditating is, isn’t it?

Now, do you purposely meditate on photography? Well, sometimes perhaps; but more often than not, it just comes naturally, right? Why? Because it’s what you love. No one has to tell you to love photography or meditate on photography. It just comes naturally because it’s what you love. It’s part of who you are.

Same way with Scripture. When the wisdom of Scripture, the way God thinks, is part of you—is what you love—it guides you in every-day life and helps you make wise decisions. Not intellectually good decisions; wise decisions. Decisions based on what God’s will for you right now. Wisdom rooted in God’s ways, not in outward circumstances or short-term perceptions of earthly success. And hence the ability to prosper by God’s definition of prosperity.

So really, the path to success is quite simple. If you want to be successful in anything, meditate on God’s Word! Let the mind of Christ dwell in you richly.

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And is there a practical way to do this? There are many ways to meditate on God’s Word, but one way is to keep the Scriptures before us on a regular basis. Like the ministry Sharpening Character seeks to do with their VersePics for mobile devices……

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Sharpening Character creates one VersePic a week. And they’re regularly looking for beautiful images to use for their backgrounds. Free, quality images are hard to come by. So this is where Lenspiration’s PRO-exclusive Shoot to Serve forum comes in!

I started Shoot to Serve to give budding photographers opportunities to practice photography with a purpose by shooting for the needs of other organizations or ministries. Sharpening Character is a perfect fit! Starting this week, Sharpening Character will post a verse with suggestions on a background image that they’re looking for. Each week, PRO members can then shoot for these “assignments” or go through their past archives to make submissions. Of all the submissions, the one that Sharpening Character chooses will be published as the background for the next VersePic.

The first opportunity has already been posted! If you are a PRO Member, click here to view and begin shooting for this very first VersePic opportunity! If you are not a PRO member, click here to join the PRO membership and receive instant access to the Shoot to Serve forum.

And let us not forget in all the excitement……may we use these regular shooting assignments to help us regularly delight and meditate on the law of the Lord day and night.

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