My fake job...
Last week I heard someone say that I don't have a "real job". And although it bothered me at first, it also made me think. What is a "real job"? Is a real job somewhere you have to be Monday through Friday from 9-5? Does a real job help people? Does a real job take you away from your kids all day? Is a job real if you pay taxes? What makes a job a "real job"?
See the fact that this statement was made about my job wasn't the part that upset me, it was the fact that it was made to my son. So him and I talked about it and even joked about my "fake job". Over the next few days it kept entering my head...and then God showed me what I was missing and made me smile so big.
See the person that said this statement isn't wrong. Photography isn't my job....it's my calling.
"The two most important days in life are the day you were born and the day you find out why."
When I look back on all the steps through my life that lead me to exactly where I am, doing exactly what I am doing, I can't argue that this is my story and what I have been chosen to do.
Is my job absolutely necessary in this world? Some would argue no. I disagree. I am not going to wake up tomorrow and cure cancer. I am not going to save the world from starvation. I won't end poverty. However, I am blessed to capture moments that will be looked back on for a lifetime like....
for the mom whose baby was born at 20 weeks and is healthy and happy past her first birthday, I helped save those memories.
for the mom who couldn't wait to have her baby girl and wants to remember how little she was one day years from now, I helped.
for the couple who celebrated starting their life together, I was there to capture it because that day goes by so fast.
for the family that was told their little girl has cancer, I helped them save those happy memories before chemo started....
and celebrate when she was winning the fight...
when we do mini sessions to collect toys to take to Night Lights of Tulsa so that kids who are homeless can have a merry Christmas, that helps.
when we do Valentine minis to help collect needed supplies for the Little Lighthouse, that helps.
I never set out to start a photography business. I just took some huge leaps of faith and God lead me here, and I am so blessed He did. I know my kids will have a lot of "jobs" in their life. But my prayer for them is that ultimately they end up finding their calling, making the world a little bit better, and not feeling like they have to get up and go to a job they don't like to make a living. Then if they are lucky enough to find that... I pray they don't listen to ignorant people who tell them they don't have a "real job".
I can say with confidence that photography is not my job....it is my Purpose!
"God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve each other." 1 Peter 4:10