In the second letter of Paul to Timothy, Paul wrote a concise yet powerful description of his faith in Christ. He compared it to a grueling race.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7
Our Lord, Jesus also ran an earthly race. He drew his starting line with a manger in Bethlehem and marked his finish with a cross on the hill of Golgotha. His resurrection completed the race.
When we accept Jesus, we enter a race- a race where endurance matters more than speed. We compete not against time; but through a gauntlet of temptations.
Fuelled by faith, we push forward to reach the finish line where God does not rate the fastest and the slowest. It matters not who comes in first or last. We are all victorious upon completion.
Race Tracks come in many forms and lengths. When we find God’s purpose for us, we should commit ourselves to stay on track and go the distance. My race started over six years ago during a pilgrimage to The Holy Land. I call it Photography for Christ.
In Jerusalem, at the courtyard of the Church of The Holy Sepulchre, I captured the defining moment of my calling. There, before me was the collective silhouette of my fellow pilgrims highlighted by a bright wall lamp shining on them. Their radiating shadows seemingly reached out to me. The engaging image penetrated my soul. I stilled – listening in silence. It spoke the words of Jesus, “Let your light shine before others so they can see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
That evening, my race began. I follow Jesus through the lens of my camera. In the Word, I see the picture and in the picture, I hear the Word. Through the art of photography I spread the message of Christ.
Proclaiming God’s Word is not a breeze. Rejection, dissuasion and other negative energies confront me along the way. But I hold my torch up and press onward.
Guided by the Holy Spirit, I produce photo-illustrations of the Word that inspire, bring hope, and raise awareness of God’s love to those who are distant and lost.
Today, the race is far from over. Each day is a continuation. In every morning sun, I hear God’s Word,
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.
With God’s reassuring words we can all stay on track and complete the race.
Mario Dimain is more of a photographer than a writer. His name is unheard of in the literary world but he is well known to Jesus. Mario is a photographer for Christ.Photography inspires Mario. It fuels his passion to write. He merges words with images to express his thoughts and his faith in God.