An Eye and a Heart

When I was of school age, my love for Science made me want to become a doctor or a scientist. But I also wanted to become a painter because I love crafting, drawing and collecting coloring materials.

Apparently, my love for science brought me into the medical field. I took up and finished BS Nursing. There were very difficult times then and I almost gave up, but I had to urge myself to finish this college degree. At times, I passed major exams, sometimes I failed. During our review classes, our lecturers would always shout and ask the whole class, “ARE YOU GOING TO TOP THE BOARD EXAM?!” Everybody shouted back “YEEES!” But as for me, I was not confident. I took the licensure examination several times but I didn’t pass. I felt tired of myself trying harder each time. I thought it was either not my perfect time or being a nurse was not the will of God. I always prayed to God about His plans for me. My parents, especially my dad, really wanted me to pursue nursing as my career. He wanted me to try several times until I pass the exam.  It seemed though that God had other plans for me.

While I was thinking of a career to pursue, I joined photography groups. I then realized that my love for taking pictures was becoming intense. I discovered I have an eye for photography. To further improve my craft, I joined photography workshops, groups and competitions. Through photography, I was able to get out of the box through meeting new and different people. Before, every time I walked in our village, I felt timid and always downcast. But now, I would always look up and appreciate the skies, trees, and everything I see is picturesque.

God has allowed me to experience and witness His presence through photography. I was able to join a one-week mission in Mindanao and I witnessed how God moved in our lives during the mission. Every time I document church events and capture the beauty of this planet, I thank God for giving me an eye and a heart for it. Several years from now, my photographs will possibly fade but their memories will tell stories to the congregation about how powerful and mighty He is!

Maybe you’re skilled or talented in one thing, and you’re afraid to be criticized. And sometimes, we feel discouraged because of what people tell us. Don’t let those negative things hinder your passion. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3:23-24)

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About the Author:

Bryan Benida is a 25-year-old photographer who has been using his skills for the Lord in the multimedia ministry since 2011. That same year, he also joined the Theater Arts ministry and later on became part of the Creative Worship Media, where aside from taking photos, handles Church of God pages as well. Bryan chose to serve God and be a follower of Jesus after realizing it is his main purpose in life.
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