Snap, Flinch, Faith – Is Your Faith A Frown Under The Lens?

Snap, Flinch, Faith – Is Your Faith A Frown Under The Lens?

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Photo by harrykeely

Photo by harrykeely

What mom doesn’t love adorable pictures of her kids on her phone to share with all of her friends? I’m just like the next mom. My kids are the cutest in the world, just like yours.

Finding the best pictures to share is part of the adventure, right? Enter stage left my brilliant, humor-loving six-year-old. He’s figured out that camera phones have a flinch moment. You know, that momentary pause between the time you press the button and the time the photo actually snaps.

The flinch moment.

My son thought it hilarious to pose a smile and use the flinch moment to frown. The giggles and dimples flashed that I’ve-got-you look the minute I realized what he’d done. Until the joke wore off, I worked hard for every real smile on my phone.

One day I got to thinking about how unexpected the results of those photos were at first. Then I started thinking about faith. Did my faith have a flinch moment? When I knew the lens of someone else was looking my way did I smile and in that flinch moment return to my old self?

It’s so easy to forget that the lens of the world is watching us as Christians to see what we are really about. They don’t just look when it is obvious, when we are in church, or at a volunteer function. They look when we drop our kids off at school, when we mow the lawn, when we disagree with our spouse at the grocery store.

Sometimes these flinch moments show more about our faith than the moments we know the lens is on our lives. The Apostle Paul understood this very well when he said:

1 Corinthians 11:1 – “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” (NIV)

I know that no matter how hard I try there will still be flinch moments in my faith where I don’t live up to the standard God has for my life, but isn’t that part of growing in our faith? So, smile more. Flinch less.

What are some flinch moments that challenge you in everyday life to show the example of Christ? How do you overcome them?

Michelle Lim About Michelle Lim

Michelle Lim is the author of Idea Sparking: How to Brainstorm Conflict in Your Novel and a Romantic Suspense writer. She is the Brainstorm/Huddle Coach at My Book Therapy and serves as the Midwest Zone Director for the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). For more, catch up with her at her blog.


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