Yesterday I had the opportunity to talk to a photographer friend of mine who graciously gave up a big chunk of time to advise me on the in’s and out’s of having a photography business. Although we only scratched the surface, I learned a lot and gleamed a lot of helpful information as I pray about how I should delve into those waters. In the course of the conversation, he brought up the eventual dilemma of specialization, and he made a comment that jumped out at me: “You’re going to have to decide, do you want to be a Jack of all trades and a Master of none? Or do you want to be known as the “go-to” person for a certain type of photography?”
If there is a comment that fits my struggle right now, it is THAT comment. I’ve been thinking over my life as I am applying for jobs, and I realize that I have done a lot of random things. However, if you asked me what I am expert in, I would have to say, “Nothing.” I also realize that I don’t like that, at all.
So this next year, I am taking advantage of the amazing opportunity I have to find my voice in the careers I have chosen. I will be on staff at a church and working with outreach and discipleship. I have done this for the past few years in Ecuador, but have so much more to learn and discover, especially in doing this apart from my team. I am also working on finishing and publishing my book. I am getting my name out to the world and building my audience. And I am figuring out how to not only start a photography business, but also grow exponentially in my skills as a photographer. On top of another full-time job (hopefully), is that enough for a year?
I don’t want to be a Jack of all trades for the rest of my life; I want to work hard to be good at these three things that I really do love.
So here is the point I want to make: there is nothing wrong with ambition. In fact, it is a very godly concept. If I have given God my life, I want Him to have something fantastic to work with. I want Him to have the best of me. If God has given me talents, I should seek to multiply them and not hide them in the dirt (sound familiar?) If God has asked me to write and be a woman of great influence, there is nothing holy about living small. In fact, Hebrews says that we as people of faith are not a people who shrink back. We are called to be bold and courageous. We are called to be excellent at what we do.
So here is my question for you (and it is a challenge and conviction to me too): what has God called you to be excellent in? Are you giving it your all?