Saturday, December 8, 2012

Close to the people...

As some of you may know, I am an aspiring, although yet amateur, photographer.

I love to take pictures of all sorts of things...

 I hope to some day use this method of sharing to further the work of God, by shooting pictures and video for mission projects, when I have time...

Since I am very fresh and inexperienced, I am constantly on the alert for tips and advice, about how to get certain kinds of pictures, or effects. Recently, I have been focusing on how to photograph people...

As I read the advice of different professional photographers, on how to take pictures of people, it is almost humorous how many different opinions there are out there.

But although there seem to be many opinions, they all seem to agree on one thing.

Get close to the people.

And I can't help but wonder. Could the same concept be true in working for souls?


"They will seldom seek us of their own accord." --The Desire of Ages, p. 152.  

"My brethren and sisters, in your ministry come close to the people."                                                            --Counsels on Health, pg. 27.

"By being social and coming close to the people, you may turn the current of their thoughts more readily than by the most able discourse." --Gospel Workers, p. 193.

"Christ's method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, "Follow Me."  
--Ministry of Healing, pg. 143.

"There is need of coming close to the people by personal effort. If less time were given to sermonizing, and more time were spent in personal ministry, greater results would be seen. The poor are to be relieved, the sick cared for, the sorrowing and bereaved comforted, the ignorant instructed, the inexperienced counseled. We are to weep with those that weep, and rejoice with those that rejoice. Accompanied by the power of persuasion, the power of prayer, the power of the love of God, this work will not, cannot, be without fruit."  
--Counsels on Diets and foods, pg. 458.

I think that it applies. Whether in photography, or soul-winning...

Let's get close to the people.


  1. What an inspiring thought!
    For the love of humanity Christ came close to us.....
    In the form of a baby,He came close the people.
    How can we desire anything less than what He did.

    1. Yes... to have that love and spirit of sacrifice...

  2. The photography is really nice Schane, but I really appreciated the thought too. Thank you for sharing!

    1. I love sharing what God has laid on my heart. :) I think I'm more blessed than anyone!

  3. I agree. Coming close to people is the only way to be a friend and not a proselytizer, a mentor instead of a judge...

    1. Yes... and the people know the difference. I've seen it first hand...

  4. Amen! That is the way that we need to minister to the world!