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By Trish West

Last night I had a mini photography lesson with a friend who was borrowing my camera. I am the first to admit that I am not the most knowledgeable about things like aperture or shutter speed, but I was willing to share what I could. Like... first thing - take the lens cap off. Second... before you look through the lens, look around you and take it all in. See where the people are, where the light is and any objects that might get in the way. Then play, have fun and don't be afraid to focus on different things and take pictures from different perspectives.

It made me think about last Sunday when listening to a story in the bible I've heard many times before, only this time - I saw something new. Something that was relevant to what I was experiencing now and it hit home in a way it never had before. Now I won't look at that same verse the same, it now has a new perspective.

Ever seen those photos where the image suddenly 'changes' depending on how you look at it? Changing from the young beauty to the old lady? Or spot the oddity in the photo... unable to see it but once you have you will never miss seeing it again. I love looking at photos that others have taken of the same location and compare how our pictures are similar or different.

Having faith has changed how I look at things, unable to see things as I had before. Discovering those moments where God had touched me, spoken to me and given me opportunities to discover things I might not have seen before. It helps during moments when life seems unfair, when all you can see it the down side of a situation.

I have a friend who is a positive influence in my life and someone who always seem to see the best of a situation. He has this way of finding the positives in life and is always willing to share this outlook with friends. Each morning I look forward to his Facebook posts, reading his happy moment or positive not for the day.

Reading his FB posts... you would never guess that he has been battling cancer for the past 6 years. Unless you knew otherwise, you'd never know he is in palliative care in the hospital. Most days... his posts don't share that he has only weeks to live.

152 days of 'happy posts' and counting...

It is easy to lose our perspective and be no longer able to see the positives, the promise of His love. Instead by shifting how we see things, finding opportunities to see things differently... we are able to look at life through His words, His love and see the possibilities. Knowing that once you see this - nothing will ever look the same again.

My friend, despite his current situation, is an inspiration to so many...instead of focusing on the tears, sorrow and what looks like the raw end of the deal... he looks at the blessings he still has, while he can.

Looking at God's gifts instead of looking to blame for a bad day.

"Happy Posts"... many have decided to now do the same, even if only they do so for a few short days. I've started my own posts of gratitude and admit it's not always easy. Sometimes they are as simple as "grateful for an unexpected call" or "I'm happy to make it through today" and lately I am grateful to post "blessed to have a visit with a dear friend at the hospital today." .. I'm on day 42. How about you?