I do not pretend to have professional photography talent, but had hoped to at least place.
Because of my issues with lack of confidence, I also do not handle disappointment well. I have had some past endeavors that proved disastrous, and failure tends to shake one’s confidence like nothing else. Although I am not a failure, I have failed many times at things that I have tried.
Haven’t we all had similar experiences, though, where we failed at doing something we hoped would have a favorable outcome?
Failure and disappointments are a part of living. They are a part of the world system.
Thankfully, God does not measure success by the world’s standards. He enjoys having us explore new talents and trying new things. Every new venture, even if it does not work out, is an avenue of learning something and an opportunity to grow. God doesn’t view our efforts as failures; He sees them as opportunities of fine-tuning, much like a violinist warming up for a symphony.
If I had won a prize in the contest, my husband and I would have enjoyed staying in a B&B somewhere along the Natchez Trace. It also would have validated my efforts with photography.
But God did not give me this love of taking pictures to impress others, or as a goal of winning contests. He instilled this interest in me as an avenue of capturing the grandeur of His creation, and sharing the beauty of His handiwork.
Knowing that God gave me this love of photography, and that it pleases Him when I use it for His glory, changes my sad face to what it should be ~ a right-side-up happy one.
BTW – the winners of the contest had some lovely shots, as seen on this link to:
Natchez Trace Travel
*My favorite is the one by Sybil Knox, Milepost 310, taken 11/16/13.