• Robert J. LaCosta

The Ultimate Shutterbug


Newspaper editors and journalism professors concede that the greatest bang for a photographic buck is either a pic of a kid or an animal, or, to really hit the bonanza, a kid with an animal.

Anyone who spends time with children understands that the quintessential shot is just one click away. Drawing from the holster, a smart phone can make us look pretty smart.

Snap, snap, snap. We become shutterbugs. The young ones are irresistible. Is it because of our shared genetics? Being a proud parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, sib or whoever lends itself to shooting from the hip.

When I hang with the grandkids, I realize that every moment is a photo op. It wasn’t that there would be any particular frame that puts them over the top. I love them. Therefore, there aren’t any bad times, angles or expressions.

Well, maybe a few temperamental times. Sigh.

You can’t help but think of God’s perspective and how He sees His kids. Scripture defines His “children” in this way: “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12)

PORTAL TO HEAVEN: Like an earthly parent, God is always with us. What does He see? It’s just one photo op after another. The interesting thing is that children don’t inherently know how much joy they are bringing to their doting admirers. But adults should know how Father God sees His children. He is quite a shutterbug.

“He will take great delight in you…[He] will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)


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