I have been pining for a decent camera for years. There have been times when the green-eyed monster reared its ugly head when I have witnessed someone with a Canon or a Nikon around their neck.
Generally, I am a penny-pincher and I live a life without frills. I rarely buy new clothes and most years I spend less than $50 in any given year on clothing for myself. I don’t buy cosmetics aside from lip balm, I don’t get manicures or pedicures and I don’t have my hair cut at a salon. Across the board, I don’t really spend very much money on myself.
So, this desire for a higher quality camera has been kind of out of character. I happened to be scanning through Craigslist last week and stumbled upon a listing for a Canon Rebel plus extras for a decent price. I was immediately very excited and hopeful and then, just as quickly, a battle raged in my head and heart.
In the last few years, my passion has been reaching out to those in poverty. As much as I wanted the camera, it has become almost automatic for me to look at every purchase through the lens of Compassion International. The price of the camera was enough to sponsor a child for half of a year. The cost could provide one of our sponsored children with an amazing Family Gift. The money could provide 25 life saving bed nets and protect families from malaria.
But, oh how I wanted that camera.
So, I turned to my partner, my confidant, my husband. Knowing just about everything there is to know about me, he understands my heart to give. He also knew how long I had wanted for a higher end camera. We talked and prayed. And, in the end, he made me feel better about the purchase by telling me we could call it my Mother’s Day, Anniversary, birthday present.
After all that, I have to say, I love my new camera! Jay brought it home after church yesterday and I got to snap a few photos and I look forward to learning how to really use it. Yes, I still have moments of feeling like I could have better spent the money on a important cause, but I am working on seeing this as a blessing to be completely and totally thankful for!
I didn’t have a lot of time to take pictures yesterday, but here are a few that I took on my maiden voyage!
One girl with bed-head and another with wind-tousled hair from riding the back of the car with the windows open!
On a completely unrelated note, don’t forget to enter the drawing for the Compassion shirt! I’ll be picking a name tomorrow morning!