An artist friend told me recently that he is quitting his job and devoting himself to his art—painting–full time. “I’m all in,” he said, “I don’t want to come to the end of my life having never done it. The time is now.”
This artist has worked hard for years and has the talent to achieve his dream. Will he? He doesn’t know. But he has to try.
His words witnessed with my spirit. I shared how I have recently come to understand my call and how I’m pursuing it. I love teaching, but have devoted myself to discovering the intersection of faith and creativity through writing. I’m not quitting my day job, as this artist is, at least for now. But I am “all in.”
For me, “all in” means distinguishing between choices and making decisions, what I do and not do, where I go and not go, who I spend time with and who I don’t, based on their relationship to my call. I measure my life each day by that standard. It really is that simple, though following through often isn’t.
“God has given me a great gift,” I told the artist. “I have to find out if I’m worthy of it.”
Like my artist friend, I don’t know if I will “succeed” or not. I don’t know what else this gift will demand of me. But I don’t want to reach the end of my life, however long or short it is, not having pursued God’s highest purposes.
I’m “all in.”