Some of us are loud. Some of us are quiet. Some of us use bold gestures and words. Some let others speak for us.
Some of us ‘speak’ without words through art, music, work, the way we dress, what we eat, and the list could go on and on. When it comes to expressing ourselves, the ways we do so are as diverse as the myriad hues of color. Variations upon variations.
This week’s photo challenge – Express Yourself – caused me to think about how I express myself. I’m a communicator. That’s why I love words – both spoken and written. Expressing myself is one reason why I write this blog.
But I also express myself through the lens of my camera.
“The camera always points both ways. In expressing your subject, you also express yourself.” ~ Freeman Patterson
I do imagine that my photos speak for me, describe me, help the viewer get a sense of who I am even without me expounding on them. That’s why I enjoy Wordless Wednesdays so much.
What we do truly does demonstrate who we are. And just like everything in this world, our actions can be positive or negative. We can encourage others through our self-expressions or tear others down.
This morning I thought about my family since they are an expression of me and how each one of them depicts themselves. And I thought I’d give you a glimpse into their expressions.
Papa shows who he is by his works of service from his involvement in a community civic organization to the many ways he serves others in our church. That’s how he expresses himself.
But it occurs to me that none of our self-expressions mean a thing if they are based only in self, done to glorify self, to exalt ourselves, to bring attention to self. Because when we focus on self, how can we express love? Self-love maybe, but certainly not love for others.
For me, expressing myself needs to have a backbone and that backbone is faith in my Savior. Faith expressed in love.
“I suspect you would never intend this, but this is what happens. When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects, you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace. Meanwhile we expectantly wait for a satisfying relationship with the Spirit. For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love.” ~ Galatians 5:5-10 The Message (MSG)
That’s how I want to express myself. Faith expressed in love.
What about you? In what ways do you express yourself? How does that show us who you really are?
“Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment.” ~ Pearl S. Buck