“Zoom, zoom, zoom.”
And before you get excited, no I’m not writing about Mazda today. Well if I’m not writing about Mazda, then what AM I writing about and what does it have to do with zoom? Well, before we get started, let’s find out what zoom actually means. There are two different meanings for zoom. One refers to speed and the other a camera option, particularly, to magnify or enlarge. So if you haven’t guessed, I’ll be discussing the latter today.
Most cameras have a zoom feature that allows the photographer/operator to bring distant things closer and make smaller things clearer. Now most of us have used this feature before and never thought much of it. However, it’s amazing how something so simple can have such a powerful meaning when you really think about it. For instance, when used in the proper context, zooming in can be a pretty useful tool but when applied to our everyday lives, maybe not so much. Here’s why:
While zooming in can be a great asset for photography, it’s not so great for our everyday lives. For example, what happens when we zoom in on our flaws or weaknesses? Or when we zoom in on someone else’s life? When that happens, it can strip us of focusing on what’s really important, the bigger picture. Therefore, it’s important for us to remember to zoom out. Zooming out allows us to see the bigger picture that we can’t see zoomed in on the details. When our primary focus is on the upsets and setbacks of our lives, it can be not only disturbing but discouraging.
Our lives are full of ups and downs and highs and lows. So the best thing we can do, is maintain the joy and peace we had in the high times during the low ones. And although that’s easier said than done, what makes it possible is reminding ourselves to zoom out. For example:
Are you discontent with your appearance, career and/or responsibilities?
◦ Zoom out! Fix the things you can change (within reason) and embrace the things you can’t.
Are you struggling with comparing yourself to other people?
◦ Zoom out! Realize that your journey is yours and that you’re exactly where you need to be. Know that when’s it time for God to elevate you, you will arrive right on time.
Are you having a hard time maintaining your joy amidst hard times?
◦ Zoom out! No matter what you’re going through, God is using it all for your good. I know that’s hard to believe at the time but choose to see the bigger picture no matter how unrealistic the image appears to be.
Our mind is our greatest weapon but it can also be our greatest weakness. It all depends on how we use it. When we focus on the positive, there are no limits to what we can accomplish and overcome. However, when we allow our minds to become the devil’s playground, it can seem as if the sun never shines and we can never win. But the reality is that whether we win or lose it’s all in our head. So are you “zoomed in” on things that are holding you down and keeping you bound? If so, join me so we can release those burdens by “zooming out” together!
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. – Philippians 4:8 ESV
Meet the Voice: MaCoya Sowell
MaCoya Sowell, professionally known as The Real MaCoya, is a Christian speaker and writer. Her God-given wisdom coupled with her assertive delivery establishes a unique platform that enables her to impart into everyone she reaches. MaCoya tackles various topics, primarily self-awareness and acceptance, in an effort to attack the “finger-pointing” mentality that cripples many. By sharing the truth of the Gospel, MaCoya hopes to dissect the standards that have become the “new normal” in modern society. Her ultimate goal is to help women recognize their value and identity in Christ that they may experience the healing and wholeness necessary to fulfill their God-given purpose.
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