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WWJS?

WWJS? Anything that blesses!

I was asked the question, “What would Jesus Shoot?” by Brother Joe, the leader of the Photography Ministry. After a lengthy discussion, we came to the conclusion that Jesus would shoot as an act of service. He would offer his gifts to bless those that needed it the most. I’ve wanted to develop a project for a long time in which I offer free senior portraits to high school seniors who otherwise wouldn’t be able to get them done. The main reason for this is because I was one of them. When I was in high school, the cheapest senior portrait package was $250. Being a girl from a single-parent family, it seemed like an unnecessary luxury. Even though I really wanted them and I cringed with envy every time my friends gave me a wallet of their portraits and I couldn’t give them one of mine, I didn’t want to put undue financial pressure on my mom.

Keranisha is involved in the Milestone House program which offers on-site tutoring, educational therapy, reading enrichment programs, independent living skills training, and individual career counseling for at-risk teens. It was an honor to serve and do what I love while giving her these memories she can keep forever. We had a lot of fun taking pictures of her along the boardwalk of Oceanside Pier and she was effortlessly photogenic!

I dropped off some prints and a CD of images for her a couple days ago. As she thanked me relentlessly, I realized that this really is what Jesus would shoot. He would want to bring the smiles to their faces, warm their hearts and just plain bless them!

I am currently looking for more high school seniors that are in a federal or state funded program, foster youth program, are homeless or are part of a low-income household. Please contact me at malia@maliadadez.com if you are interested or would like to nominate a program or individual for my project.

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WWJS? (What Would Jesus Shoot?)

I really liked it when Brother Joe first asked this question of the team via email a couple of weeks ago.  It was even better when we all got together and discussed it.  I have two versions of  “What Would Jesus Shoot?” and I guess I looked at both of them very literally…

  • The first and most obvious to me was that Jesus wouldn’t shoot pictures of anything.  I did several searches to verify that Jesus was never an observer.  Jesus always took action.  After all the original question that this was spun from was “What Would Jesus Do?”.
    • If he was just watching the world then He would have never died for our sins.  John 2:2 – “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”
    • He would have never showed us how to serve.  Mathew 20:28  – “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
    • How to be humble. Philippians 2:3 – “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”
    • How to pray. Mark 1:35 – “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”
    • How to glorify God.  1 Corinthians 10:31 – “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
  • The second version is that Jesus would not have shot anything while on this world but He would while in Heaven.  Think of the Bema Seat Judgement.  The first judgment will be for our salvation.   The second or Bema Seat Judgment will be a look at how we lived in this world.  Jesus will flash our life before us and will show us where we wasted our time and where we lived for Him.  This replay of our lives will have way more impact on us than any photo or video could hope to achieve.  No special effects or Photoshop required.  Just you and Him together experiencing your life and how you handled it just like you were doing it all over again.  Then He will wipe away your tears and reward you with everlasting life.  That life will then be used to honor Him.  Every time I read about the Bema Seat it makes me reflect on what I can do for Him and have I done what He has asked of me.

Ephesians 2:8-9 – For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

2 Corinthians 5:10 – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

Well that is my take on “What Would Jesus Shoot?”.  I pray everyday that He will give me the strength to do what He asks of me.  I do this so that I can see the replay of my life in a way that could never be captured on film or digitally.  The best part after the replay will be Jesus saying “Well done, good and faithful servant!” – Matthew 25:21

Blessings,

Jim Wanglund

Rock Photographer


WWJS? {what would Jesus shoot}

charles sheldon wrote In His Steps in 1890. his book was subtitled, “what would Jesus do?”

back when i was a kid, in the late 20th century, the 90s to be precise, it became a popular slogan for folks who called themselves “christians.”

talking with friends and fellow shooters, i began asking myself, “what would Jesus shoot?”

its not a question of film vs digital, what format or what system would he use…but more of a philosophical and creative choice.  as we started shooting military families on monday nites, in partnership with the military ministry at the rock…it has become clear to me that using the gifts -the time, talent and treasures that God has given me, for Gods kingdom and His Glory is where its at.

for me that means using photography to bless others.  to show the world that God is alive and well and He still works in the lives of those who seek Him and desire to live their lives for His Glory.

i asked the family of photographers i am blessed to be part of this same question.  and it was great to hear what God had revealed to each of us.  ive asked them to share their thoughts here…and hopefully it will bless and help yall understand why we shoot for Jesus!