17 October 2019

Dear Parents and Students,

For those who love photography, you will understand that a good photo must have a distinct and attractive theme. However, it depends not only on the theme, but on how the focus of the lens is displayed in the picture in order to address the theme.

Art composition is the most important element of a photo. The focus is on what the viewer can see from the photo at first glance. If the focus of the photo is not clear, the photo will have a chance of being misunderstood. People will draw differing conclusions from the photo. Let’s look at the response to a particular picture. Some people saw the left hand side of the photo and felt that some of the dead leaves falling from the tree were scattered and frustrated. Some people scolded society for not planting the tree correctly. However, some people noticed the right hand side of the photo and felt that there was a lot of plastic waste left at the side of the road. Others were disappointed with people producing environmentally unfriendly waste. They also accused the community of having a lack of environmental awareness. However, there was also a lamb in the center of the photo, standing on a desolate road. Some people thought that the lamb was a little confused and helpless. Some also accused the shepherd of not looking after his lost sheep and showing disrespect to the life of animals and so on.

However, what is the original focus of the photo?

We are all similar in that we may sometimes lose focus of our lives. Even if we keep ourselves busy in solving this and that, eventually it is in vain because the focus is blurred or has disappeared. We often shift our focus onto something which only fills our empty or emotional space, but may not actually be helpful. When faced with difficulties, we minimize the problems of others; and instead, magnify our own! As the Bible says, we will see that there are thorns in the eyes of the people, but we can't see the logs in our eyes. In this way, as the Bible says: "We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way." Isaiah 53:6. With this in mind, what is our focus in life? Does taking a step back and looking at life from an outside perspective enable us to see purpose more clearly, or does it blur our vision?

When Paul was in jail, he still worshipped and praised God through difficulty. Paul said, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13. In the midst of difficulties, Paul could still praise God and be joyful, not only because he relied on God, but more importantly, he had a clear goal from God. “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal of the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14. What is your life? Do you focus your attention on its purpose? Each person’s life is different, so you should move forward in the direction of your own life and its purpose. When faced with difficulties, you are not alone. Rely on God and praise Him when you are in trouble! He will give you tremendous peace. Remember that God's grace is always enough to get you through difficult times.

A good photo must have a clear focus, and in a similar manner the purpose of life should also have a clear focus. Having ample hope and gratitude can help us to live positively and face the challenges of this world.


Best regards,
Constance Cheung

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.
(Psalm 16:2)