Help-Portrait Guatemala (Photo Blog)

I recently traveled to Guatemala with a team of photographers and support people to take part in the Help-Portrait movement, delivering photos to families in VisionTrust's projects. 

"Bonita (pretty)." The little girl pointed at a child in the picture.

"That's you!" Our director assured her.

The girl glanced at the picture and then down at what she was wearing, back and forth multiple times, making sure it really was. 

Such beautiful innocence.

While we too often look at photos to scrutinize ourselves, monitoring which images are allowed to be seen, this trip was a sweet reminder.

Each of us is made in the image of God. Brimming with beauty waiting to be captured.

Weathered faces paired with gleaming smiles.

Pure moments of joy.

People using their gifts to bless others in tangible ways.

Kingdom come, thy will be done... 

And I've been wondering what it would look like if we all lived this out.  Seeking, at every turn, to show those around us (even complete strangers) how beautiful they are, how much worth they possess.

Praying that one day they would look at themselves and say, "Bonita" with confidence as they hear the Lord whispering over them, "That's you."

"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'." -Erma Bombeck