Spiritual Growth in MLM Business

Before I started a journey with Young Living as a part-time business, I had to stop and pray a lot about whether this was a direction that was fitting for my family.  I haven’t had the best of luck disciplining myself to stick through with things along these lines in the past, and when I get discouraged I usually curl up and quit.  It’s not something I’ve been proud of, but I just find myself giving up if I feel like I’m wasting my time.  I had also fallen on the excuse that if I don’t feel verbally affirmed by others in something, I better call it quits.

I tried Network Marketing before in the past, and it didn’t last me long.  It wasn’t that I didn’t like the company…I just didn’t have the discipline.  And I also was hoping for a “get rich quick.”  (for the record, if ANYONE tells you they got rich quick…they worked really hard for it.  It’s possible, but it’s not always easy)

I didn’t have the skills mindset that I have now, and I didn’t have the faith approach with that business as I do with Young Living.  It has been encouraging to have spiritual encouragement with the people I work with.  It’s a team effort; you share successes, failures, prayer requests, and they are there for you.  We cheer through the blessings, encourage through the discouragements, and love each other when life happens.  And it’s not all about the oils.  It’s about each other.  I’ve been so blessed to meet AMAZING people that just love each other.  It’s taught me to love more and love better.  The oils work, and it’s sharing something that works.  It’s loving people to find a solution that hasn’t been found yet.  It’s loving people I don’t even know!  That’s usually scary to me.  Sometimes still is, but I’ve never walked up to strangers to love on them before Young Living like I do now.

Below are some verses that I had the privilege of experiencing more because of Young Living.

And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. ~Matthew 10:14

This was in reference to the Gospel, not really business.  However, I’d never approach people about the Gospel.  I’d never approached strangers about anything BECAUSE I WAS AFRAID OF BEING REJECTED.  If I held something close, I didn’t want anyone talking bad about it.  I didn’t want to have people angry with me or telling me off because of something that was very important to me.  I’m still sensitive, but this verse means a lot to me now.  I use Young Living to practice this.  I believe essential oils are God-given, and I try to share that as well.  It let’s people know where I stand.  If people reject what I have to say, I don’t have to let it weigh me down.  Move on.  Forget it.  God didn’t prepare them for what I have anyway.

Same with the Gospel.  It’s not an attack on who you are.  Shake off the dust and go love the next person.  Don’t let the negativity from one person keep you from loving others.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen ~Ephesians 3:20-21

I’ve heard this verse a lot.  At my home church, I believe this was the benediction.  I’d hear this every time I was home visiting.  It was kinda one that I was like “oh yeah, God can bless abundantly.”

Then I heard a study called “Faithful, Abundant, True” by Kay Arthur, Beth Moore, and Priscilla Shirer.  This verse went to a whole different level of depth for me.  “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think…” I’m not reading that as “oh yeah, God’s good” anymore.  I’m reading that like “HOLY BUCKETS!  GOD IS ABLE TO DO ANYTHING AND CAN GO FURTHER THAN ANY BLESSING I COULD EVER EXPECT TO HAPPEN!!”  I started Young Living, He challenged my faith and heart.  This doesn’t mean that I ask for $100 and He automatically gives $100,000…but He can!

The thing to remember in this verse is HE CAN!  That’s what I can remember.  My God can!  He can do anything that GREATLY EXCEEDS what I was hoping for.  And He wants to.  He wants to bless His children greatly.  I’m excited to give Him the opportunity to amazing me beyond my wildest dreams!

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  ~Isaiah 41:10

I’ve gone back and forth on whether I’m extroverted or introverted…right now that doesn’t matter too much.  However, I do get tired of people sometimes.  I do get nervous about meeting new people and thinking if I’ll give the right first impression.  Many times I forget that God can give me strength in these “puny” levels of weakness.  I call them “puny” because I’ve not really thought of asking God for strength in areas of weakness such as these.  You know, we ask for strength to resist temptations we have.  We ask for strength when we are physically tired.  We want to soar on wings like eagles because we don’t have the strength to fly.  I’ve grasped more deeply how much this applies to emotional strength as well.  When I feel like I just can’t say hi to one more person, God gives me enough love to do it (if I ask and act on it of course).  It’s easy to give in and stop working towards your goals because you just don’t feel like it, but God offers strength beyond that.  He offers strength and help when my hormones are out of wack.

And to shut my eyes and think of myself sitting in the majestic hand of God…who doesn’t feel empowered by that image?

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. ~2 Timothy 1:7

Back to the stranger-danger feeling I get.  My child is so silly sometimes.  She will wave at random vehicles as they drive by.  She will run up to people at the store and say “hi!!” She will display fearlessness to a level I don’t do naturally. She loves people.

A while ago, I think Harold asked me what I’d want to be, and I said fearless.  Let’s face it, I’m a worry wart.  I am very cautious sometimes.  I’ve turned into a planner that needs structure.  I used to love being spontaneous all the time.  There’s nothing wrong with this change…it comes with the territory of motherhood and being a wife.  What that did though was it caused me to lose sight of my spiritual goal of being fearless.  I want to love on people, so I shouldn’t be afraid to do so.  I want to encourage them, but a spirit of fear is too strong some days.  I’ve got news for you, and myself for that matter:

WE ARE NOT BOUND BY THAT.

We are given a spirit of power, love AND self-control, ALL from God above through the Holy Spirit.  Fear has no part in that equation.

Power, Love, and Self-control > Fear

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.  It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. ~Proverbs 3:5-8 

With anything you do, trust God always.  Acknowledge the path He’s put you on and go full force on it.  Seek His knowledge daily.  I’ve got to pray every day through my business.   I’ve got to pray my heart is in the right place while I’m pursuing a profit.  I’ve got to make sure God is still teaching me and growing me in this.  If God isn’t directing my paths, I’m a wandering blubbering fool.  I said in a previous post that money isn’t the root of all evil, the love of money is.  Each day I must make sure I’m turning away from the love of money and turning my love towards Jesus.

My friends, I’m still growing.  I stepped into Young Living because it seemed like a good fit.  I’m staying in because of what God is teaching me through this, and because I have faith that God can give abundantly however He wants.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

I Corinthians 10:31

I love you all.

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