I’m a photographer, on the side of about everything else. It doesn’t define me – but I am thankful to be able to do it for lots of reasons. It’s flexible, it’s a way to witness, I can share the gifts God has blessed me with, and I can give a gift to someone who might not have otherwise… capturing their life. I recently read that a birth certificate proves you were born, and a death certificate proves you died… and pictures prove you were ALIVE! I really liked that.
Well, photography businesses have come a long way – since I started rolling camera backs for my brother as I assisted in the weddings he shot in college. I learned a lot from him, but digital photography definitely made my learning curve much faster. That said, it was still quite an investment financially, and time-wise as I had to make myself be skilled enough to compete professionally – and to separate myself from every other M.W.A.C. (mom with a camera) – and not hurt the industry as a whole.
After all, most “professions” require a bit more than just picking up a pair of scissors and calling yourself a hairstylist or buying an operating table and calling yourself a surgeon… But that’s exactly what has happened in the photography industry – in a matter of 10 years.
Business owners on professional forums are constantly complaining about all of the newbies, and the M.W.A.C.s and “all natural light” shooters poppin’ up in their backyard… and they’re younger and younger. [or maybe I’m getting older? Nah!]
Well, don’t get me wrong… I *was* annoyed a few years ago for the industry as a whole, [and the situation is 10x as bad now], but then I heard another seasoned professional speak at a seminar and explain – you can’t worry about what everyone else is doing, or you’ll never move forward with what YOU have been called to do. Then he said, “Be the best YOU can be at what you do – people who matter will SEE the difference. Sometimes it will be good enough, for who it’s for – the people who buy their work, are NOT your clients.”
Thank you. I needed that.
…and it was SO true.
We can’t control other people, or let what they do control us.
In a business that has a growing divorce rate… and where time at the computer will drain you of any free time or sleep, I knew God was pulling me back to a more realistic level of “part-time business” for several reasons, and I’m thankful. So, two years ago I let go of a few commercial jobs, stopped marketing myself – and just let God bring me clients.
God. Family. Work.
He even helped me to say “no” when I needed to several times this fall… and that was a huge blessing, and a stress reducer.
Now applying this whole thing to health… There are always going to be people healthier than you, more fit, faster, stronger… you name it.
Do not worry about THEM. Running after those people – isn’t your goal, and it’s NOT going to help you get better at being YOUR best for Him.
The goals God has set for you – are for YOU.
No one else.
It’s between YOU – and Him.
No one else.
You may be built differently, your metabolism may be different… you may actually be setting the bar to LOW, I have no idea! But God does know!
I’m just encouraging you to NOT look over your shoulder – or be tempted to compare across. There is only ONE who holds the standard. (…and it isn’t your neighbor!) So pray and ask Him to show you!!
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
– 1 Corinthians 10:13