“My sole devotion
My only focus
To worship You
My life surrendered
My heart abandoned
For more of You”
The lyrics to the song finally made sense to me that morning on the drive into school. Later on in the day I was quizzing a friend on her upcoming church history test.
“What are the five solae” I read off the sheet to her.
The internet defines the Five Solae as “five fundamental beliefs of the Protestant Reformation, pillars which the early Reformers believed to be essentials of the Christian life and practice”.
I looked ahead at the answer because I didn’t know it off the top of my head. The answer I found beautifully written at the bottom of the page:
- Sola Fide, by faith alone.
- Sola Scriptura, by Scripture alone.
- Solus Christus, through Christ alone.
- Sola Gratia, by grace alone.
- Soli Deo Gloria, glory to God alone.
(The Latin word sola means “alone” or “only” in English)
It was a beautiful summary of the basis of my faith. I love the complexity of the Bible and it’s stories–but I also love how it can be summed up so simply for us to remember.
And the five solae are exactly how I want to live my life. All through Fide (faith), through basing my actions off of Scriptura (Scripture), through the power of Christus (Christ) in me, through the Gratia (Grace) that he graciously gives to me, that I might give it to others, and finally, Sola Deo Gloria (glory to God alone). I can only hope that every action, word, thought, and deed, will be to the glory of my Creator.
And I will fail. But that’s the beauty of the gospel–Christ is there to offer grace to me even on days when I fall on my face.
So, back to the reason why you came to this page . . . why did I choose the name Sola Photography?
Because I pray that in every part of my life, even in this photography, Christ will be glorified.
It is only through Him that I can do this work.