There haven’t been a lot of life updates on the blog this week because I’ve chosen to focus on sticking to a strict schedule and do work over a lot of other things. Right now, I’m in the midst of building and growing my very own Mary Kay business that the Lord has lead me to. This is something I never dreamed or imagined I would be doing, but I am all because the Lord put this in my life.
When I started asking Him for a job early this year, this job was not in my game plan. I just wanted a “real grown up job,” having no idea what that meant. I just wanted to stop working random jobs and start doing a job that “mattered.” The Lord has certainly blessed me with a job that I feel matters. So far, I’ve enjoyed getting to make women feel beautiful about themselves and have fun. I’ve gotten connected with an amazing group of women in my circles of Mary Kay. Overall, the experience in the last four months or so has been so cool.
I’m starting to see a little bit of God’s plan in my being a Mary Kay consultant now, though. Before, I just thought it was a good job opportunity that I was cut out for that the Lord put in my life at just the right time. That’s all true, but He’s also choosing (from what I can see) to use this job as a means of refining me and growing me into the woman He intends me to be.
In other words, He loves me too much to let me remain the same.
And “the same” is so comfortable. The same worries. The same fears. The same doubts. The same inconsistencies. The same disappointments. The same seems to happen over and over again.
By pursuing my career in Mary Kay, the same is not an option, though. If I do the same thing, I’m going to get the same results. And that isn’t going to grow my business or help me fulfill God’s will for my life. This is something I’ve felt convicted about to change recently. I want to not only succeed in Mary Kay, but fulfill God’s purposes for me.
Following His Plan
In my attempts to stop living in the “Martha” world and be in the here & now, God’s revealed a lot to me in just the past week. He’s shown me that…
- I do still have a chronic worrying problem. It’s just been masked by habit
- Being disciplined takes a conscious effort, not just a wish & a prayer here and there
- He does want me to pursue Mary Kay more & more. Any time I question if I should commit more time to my business, He is always encouraging, telling me that I am capable of so much in this business
I followed my new schedule every day, the one the I crafted up about 3 weeks ago. This was the first week that I actually stuck to that schedule every day this week. And it was so eye-opening and rewarding to do so.
The Lord really answered my prayers this week by helping me be aware of myself enough to stick to my schedule. I had to deny a lot of what I wanted: blogging first thing in the morning instead of doing Bible study; sleeping in; putting things off until another day. And in truth, it was pretty hard to stay disciplined.
But I totally feel and see God at work in my life right now. I completely acknowledge that every day that I choose to start without acknowledging God first is a day that I am destined to feel disappointed, overwhelmed, overworked, and all over the place. But the days that I start with Him, putting Him before all else are the days I am relaxed and calm in all situations, the days that I do what He says instead of what I feel like.
A scripture that really spoke to me this week is Proverbs 22:29, which says:
Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.
Other translations explain this verse as the worker will serve kings, not ordinary people. The verse has been very thought-provoking, and is a good reminder for me to work hard in my business.
Overall, I am seeing that Mary Kay is not just a job, but a tool that the Lord is using to sharpen me as a person, a wife, and His daughter. I’m excited about the refinement that will come with following His ways, but most of all, I am happy to have His complete help through the process.
Now I’m getting ready to spend the weekend camping & hopefully relaxing from a tough week at work. Happy Friday!
Questions for You:
- What is the Lord teaching you to be disciplined in?
- Plans for the weekend?