Monday, May 23, 2011

I Took the Plunge

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!

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One girl with bed-head and another with wind-tousled hair from riding the back of the car with the windows open!

IMG_6772 Jasper, the eleven year old King of Beast of the house!

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On a completely unrelated note, don’t forget to enter the drawing for the Compassion shirt! I’ll be picking a name tomorrow morning!

~Michelle

7 comments:

Helaina said...

Wow! Those pics are really great. Which camera did you get? I have a Nikon coolpix that I absolutely love. I felt the same way about spending that kind of money on a camera but I am such a shutterbug and I really needed a good camera. Like you I can guilt myself out of anything and justify a 1000 reason why I should spend the money else where or on someone else. My husband finally convinced me that I deserved it for everything I do for everyone else. Low and behold the money showed up in the form of an unexpected refund days after praying about it. So, I saw it as God's way of agreeing and bought it.
I know its easier said than done, but remember you have to take care of you too and do something nice for yourself to keep you going every once in a while. If you don't take care of yourself the same way you do for others then you won't have much left to keep giving. So, try to make a it point to once a month treat yourself to something nice. Its doesn't always have to cost money.

LovedbyHim7 said...

I am really happy for you that you have gotten this camera. It brings to mind what Jesus commanded us, "Love your neighbor as you love yourself." Do I read into that command so therefore go crazy and buy, buy, buy for yourself? Not at all! But He does want us to love ourselves too not JUST our neighbor. And in your case, showing love and kindness to yourself has come in the form of this camera. ~shannon

The Burgess family said...

Great pics! I know the money itself could've been used for Compassion, but I have no doubt that with your creativity and heart, you will find a way to bless others through you yourself owning this camera you've so long wanted :)

JD said...

I go through the same thoughts you do when faced with any purchase or expense -- I see our Compassion children and what those funds could do elsewhere... I wouldn't change that, ever, but it does lead to some struggles the few times I do want to treat myself to something.

I have a very nice DSLR -- my brother gifted it to me when he upgraded, and I gave my own DSLR to a friend when I received his. Yes, it's a very fancy camera, but the photography I am hired to do pays for much of the extras when it comes to sponsorship -- shipping, pretty paper, stickers, family/birthday/Christmas/child gifts, and... my travel to Ghana.

God may have given you a gift for photography, and this may be His way of providing a way for you to use that gift for His glory, and to support your Compassion family... or your trip to Ghana next year :D

Love His heart in you!

faithlikemustard said...

"the poor will always be among you.." That's not my excuse to go splurge, but of all my meager possessions, the things I cherish most is photographs of my family. Your girls will only be little for a short time and this camera will help you freeze those memories forever. I don't think God would be displeased about that.

faithlikemustard said...

P.S. Maybe he's getting you ready for a Compassion trip someday! *fingers crossed*

Jill Foley said...

Great pictures! I, too, have wanted a better camera for years. My biggest reason for not getting one is that I prefer to have something I can slip into my pocket when we hike (which is when I take most of my pictures).

Can't wait to see more photos you take!

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