Lucas Fairchild was an amateur photographer. He was in Africa at an outdoor event that some estimated had drawn a million people. Looking across a hillside amphitheater, Lucas saw an ocean of humanity… faces receding into infinity. He wanted to capture the moment on film—but no camera could take in the huge crowd.

Lucas turned to a professional photographer and said: “How do you take a picture of a million people?” The photographer said, “You can’t. You take a close-up of one person and let the crowd blur.”

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. No one can take in the entire world. But with each person we know well, we enlarge our picture of the world—and of ourselves—in the high calling of our daily work.

“My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend.” (Job 16:20-21)

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