Along with other things that have been effected by this process, photography has been right up at the top of the list. I haven't been in this business very long, but long enough to see some things I want to avoid. I have also been blessed with an amazing "mentor" who is further along in her business journey, who looks back and warns, "Watch out for that pit fall!" One of those pit falls is priorities.
You see, God has made us stewards over the things in our life - our spouses and children, our homes, our jobs, even our trials and disabilities. He wants us to use them all for His glory, not make them all about ourselves. I can't do that effectively if I'm too focused on one thing, neglecting the others. There has to be balance. I homeschool my three boys, that is a huge priority in my life right now. I take care of a husband and run a home. I'm involved in the biblical counseling ministry at our church, and run a photography business. I love every single one of these things. They are each unique and allow me to invest myself and my gifts into other people's lives. It's awesome. But if I start to focus too much on one, the others will get short-changed. Again... balance.
As the year progresses, I'm asking the Lord to help me find that balance. To be a wise steward over these things and get myself out of the way so He can shine through. One of the best things I did for myself to help accomplish this is put on blinders, tunnel vision. You know, where you focus only on what is in front of you, neither looking to the right or to the left. How can I be the photographer God wants me to be if I'm constantly comparing myself to those around me? If I'm always looking at Facebook pages, trying to keep up with how many fans they have or how many likes their posts are getting? It's all NOISE (which I've blogged about before). It clouds my own voice, fills my head with mess and curbs my creativity. How can I be the mother God wants me to be if I'm always comparing myself to Susie or Jane, who seem to have it all together? I'm not raising their family, I'm raising my own. How can I be the counselor God wants me to be if I'm comparing myself to those who have counseled for years, or the authors of my favorite books on the subject? I won't be, because I will be paralyzed by insecurities.
I'm going to keep purging the noise and clutter in my life, and in my heart. Freeing up space for God to flood it all with His will for me in all things.
I challenge you to do some purging of your own. I don't know what that looks like in your world, but I guarantee you will feel lighter when it's all over. :)