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What would you do with a 16 by 19 canvas photograph of yourself?

Last week, I had the interesting experience of having a professional photographer do my author head-shots. (After eight years of writing, it’s past time to have a high quality image to put on the back of a book … rather than cropping myself out of a family snapshot!) Wardrobe changes. Different backgrounds, poses, and flashes of light along with the rapid clicking of the camera. And then the difficult task to sort through the proofs to select my favorites.

As part of her typical sales pitch, the photographer offered several options. A calendar … of myself. A photo book … of myself. A canvas print … to hang on the wall … of my corporate offices? Caught up in the moment, it was too easy to fall into a dreamland of pride and notoriety where my photo would be splashed across billboards and readers would stand in line for hours to get an autographed copy of my latest bestseller. (Dreaming for sure!)

Reality set in along with this week’s character quality of humility. Humility is acknowledging that achievement results from the investment of others in my life.

I didn’t get this far on my own. I was taught how to read and write. My parents took me faithfully to church and taught me the value of work by giving me chores at home. A boss took a risk and hired me to do a job while I was in high school. My parents paid for a college visitation trip … and scholarships from that University paid for my education. My writing journey has been influenced by teachers, mentors, and friends.

Every member of the body of Christ has a vital role and we cannot operate independent of each other. “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (1 Corinthians 12:26 NIV)

If I ever have corporate headquarters, the picture on the wall would include all of you. (But if you want a peek at one of those professional head-shots, check out the About Candee tab.)

What about you? Do you struggle with pride or do you think too less of your abilities? Who has invested in your life?

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