I never envisioned myself as a photographer. I was not the girl with a camera in her hand since she was 2. I didn’t even start my business until the days of sweet little baby kisses and sticky toddler faces were long gone for me. I did always envision myself as a mom. And when I realized that I could actually make money while I stayed home and watched my kids grow up I jumped at the chance. My business technically started about 5 years ago, but since I homeschool my kids and run a not for profit organization, it hasn’t gotten the full time attention that it could have. It has grown slowly and I am perfectly ok with that.
When you are running a business, I think it is ridiculously easy to fall into a trap of comparing. You compare yourself to other photographers based on their work, their likes, their number of clients or the amount of equipment they have. It’s a dangerous place to go if you allow yourself to stay for any length of time. Just today I was reading in Isaiah 26. Verse 12 says this: Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.
This is such an important truth to understand. Everything I am accomplishing, God has actually done for me. Wow. That kind of knocks me back when I start thinking either less of myself or more of myself. It’s all God. None of it is me. He gives and He takes away. (Job 1:21) He is the one who gives the power to get wealth. (Deuteronomy 8:18) It’s always all about Him, and not about me.
So if you are finding yourself going down the street of comparison and thinking less of yourself, just stop. You are where you are, because this life you are currently living is the life God ordained for you. And if you are finding yourself going down the street of comparison and thinking more of yourself? You can stop as well. Everything you have is because of Him. Don’t let yourself get so caught up in all of it that you fail to see the truth. Keep your focus where it needs to be.
Comparison Street aint a good street for anyone!
I am so grateful that God has allowed me to have this job I love. I love people. Getting to meet so many people and have the chance to capture a little piece of their lives has been incredible. Thank you so much to all of you who have allowed me to see a little bit of who you are.
You are all amazing.