Wednesday, October 29, 2014

real talk | the big picture


i posted about vulnerability earlier this month. i used this picture in that post because it is one of the pictures that comes to my mind when i think "vulnerable". any picture taken straight on makes me feel exposed and awkward.

i have always disliked this picture, but Thomas tells me that he loves it because it looks natural. no one else had seen the picture until i put it in that blog post. then sweet Stephanie posted a comment on that post that kinda slapped me in the face. her comment said "robyn. that first picture of you…. is so beautiful…. and the way thomas is looking at you!! oh gosh! ♥"

the reason her comment struck me is because she saw something that i couldn't. everytime i looked at this picture, all i saw was me and all i thought was that i looked awkward. i was so blinded and focused on that, that i didn't notice anything else about the picture. i didn't notice how Thomas is looking at me like i am his most favorite person in the world.

isn't it the same with life in general? we get so focused on ourselves & what's going on in our small circle that we don't see the big picture(ha!).  we miss out on beauty because we're focused on what we see as our flaws. we miss out on joy because we are unsatisfied with our part. we miss out on huge blessings because we are focused on a very small piece of the puzzle.

that's why we need other people in our lives. we need them to see things differently & to share it with us. we need others to help us zoom out and see another perspective. if we are constantly laser focused on one thing, we miss out on a lot!


how do you keep your eyes on the big picture?
what photos of yourself make you feel vulnerable?



29 comments:

  1. Oh, I can relate and hate taking pictures of myself. I always feel strange but that is self focus and isn't pleasing to the Lord. Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. I agree that the big picture can get a bit out of focus. In my case, it is usually with whatever I am worrying about. So I try to intentionally set aside time to "worry appropriately" - prioritize the realistic worries and not worry about the silly ones - based on which ones really matter in the big picture of what plan God has for me. My husband is always a good resource to help me refocus when necessary! And as far as real pictures go, I hate from the side pictures {usually} - but I love your thought of looking beyond just our own vulnerabilities; what else is going on in the picture?

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  3. Love this!! You are soo right! I get stuck on not seeing the big picture sometimes and I just get all messed up! I wish it were easier to see the whole thing and know the plans that God has for us! I agree with Stephanie though! Before I read the post I got stuck on the picture! It is so cute! You are beautiful! I love this straight on look on you!! And how sweet is it how Thomas is looking at you!!! You are obviously cherished!!! :)

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  4. We really do miss out on so much when we focus only on ourselves. I think that picture is SO pretty! You have a really good not smiling face. Whenever I try to do that, I just look really angry.

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  5. I agree - such a beautiful picture!!!! So glad you were able to take a step back and realize that!!

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  6. Pictures that expose my larger than life five-head (like a forehead? Haha) make me feel vulnerable! And this is such a beautiful post--missing the big picture is something I struggle with. (Like when I get mad about something small and miss what God is doing in the bigger situation.)

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  7. What a great post. And yes that picture is gorgeous! So glad you're eyes were opened to the "big picture." Thanks for the wonderful analogy!

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  8. aww love this! it's a beautiful photo and it's so true that we can be short-sighted on seeing the bigger picture. great post!

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  9. I love this post, it's very important. Lately I've been realising the area in which I live is just so gorgeous, but I've been so focused on the fact that it's isolated and hard to get anywhere that I'm not thinking about the beauty of it. Great read, gorgeous photo.

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  10. AMEN TO ALL OF THIS!!!! i love you <3

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  11. I love how her comment gave you a bigger perspective on the photo!

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  12. I love this so much! Sometimes it is so hard to focus on the big picture, but it's so important! :)

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  13. you're right - it is focusing on ourself...and in some ways it's a sense of pride. thank YOU for the reminder :)

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  14. i love that phrase - worry appropriately! such good advice! thanks for sharing :)

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  15. thank you Aubrey! :) Thomas is sweet!
    i wish it was easier to zoom out and see the whole thing also! of course, not knowing some of God's plans is what faith is for! :)

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  16. haha! normally i look either mad or clueless!

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  17. thanks Caroline :) so crazy how many thoughts struck me just by her comment!

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  18. five head! ha! why is it so easy to miss the bigger picture? we become so laser focused on ourselves, so fast!! but thankfully God doesn't lose focus on His bigger plans :)

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  19. thank you Charlene :) love the pun!!

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  20. it's so easy to be so zoomed in & not even realize it! :)

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  21. aww - well i'm glad you can relate! i hope you've had some time to slow down & focus on the beauty where you live :)

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  22. thank you! :) and thanks for the comment that started this explosion of thoughts in my head! i just love you!

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  23. it was an explosion of thoughts :)

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  24. i agree! so important, yet so hard to do at times! or so hard to overlook!

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  25. You're welcome!! You are so right! And to be honest, I probably wouldn't do good if I did get to see the whole picture (as much as I might want to sometimes) because I think I'd get caught up on next week, or whatever is next and not be able to focus on what God has for me in the moment. :)

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  26. I love that photo of y'all! What a great illustration too. That's the great thing about God, He always sees the bigger pictures while we only see a portion!

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  27. thank you Madison! i'm glad He sees the bigger picture! :)

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