There were a lot of things I knew when I became a Beautycounter consultant.
I knew the investment I was going to make upfront.
I knew about and fell in love with the mission.
I knew I loved the products.
As the days passed, I quickly realized that there were a lot more things I didn't know. One of these being how much God would use this company to teach me things and remind me of His goodness.
I am not kidding when I tell you that the Lord has seriously used Beautycounter and my decision to become a consultant to impact my life in more ways than one. In fact, it's so evident to me and it's so on my heart, that I feel I need to share.
I've only been a Beautycounter consultant since January 2017, and here's what the Good Lord has taught me in just 3.5 short months.
COMPARISON IS THE THIEF OF JOY
Comparison is something I naturally struggle with, especially in the digital world we live in today. At the click of a button, we have access to everyone's everything: clothes, travels, bodies, opportunities, marriages, weddings, jobs, etc. And, it's not any different with Beautycounter.
They had a better sales month.
I don't have as many followers.
She's a higher level than me.
My business isn't growing as quickly.
I don't have as many products.
My paycheck isn't as big.
Seeking after what is not meant for me is exhausting. Nothing about it is life-giving. Nothing about it is motivating. On the contrary, it was causing me anxiety and robbing me of the happiness I had when I first joined the Beautycounter movement.
And when I'm not careful, I let this negative self-talk become destructive. But God in His goodness met me in the frustration, in the doubt, in the worry, and reminded me that comparison is the thief of joy.
I am running my race. I am in my lane. I am doing my best with the season God has me in.
And, that is enough.
I AM NOT ALONE
God has allowed me to be on a sales team with many other believers. I feel so unbelievably blessed to do life alongside these women. In a business where you are, in a sense, competing for sales and recruits, I've never felt so supported and encouraged.
The deep friendships.
The uplifting conversations.
The prayers prayed.
I've had countless conversations with clients and team members start with discussing Beautycounter and end with talking about the Lord. I am so in awe of God's faithfulness; He has graciously used these little blessings to remind me that I am not alone.
THERE IS ROOM AT THE TABLE
Since joining Beautycounter, God has reminded me that there is room at the table.
There is room at the table for everyone's ideas, for everyone's sales tactics, for everyone's "why."
I love collaborating and cheering each other on as we pull up a chair one by one. We are bonded by our mission, to educate others and get safer products into the hands of everyone. But, what's really beautiful is when what bonds us is combined with what makes us different.
This is where community happens. This is where growth happens. This is where magic happens.
I know this. He's reminded me of this time and time again throughout my life – and yet, I am humanly forgetful. Thankfully, we serve a God who is faithful to pursue us and remind us of His character.
God cares about all the details of our lives, including our businesses.
When I am worried about my performance, He provides just what I need. He may not always provide what I expect, but He always provides exactly what I need.
Whether it be a conversation, a sale or a recruit, a prospect, a social on the books or a word of encouragement, He has reminded me that He is faithful to provide.
DON'T BE AFRAID OF REJECTION
I think we would all add "rejection" to the top of a Things That Scare Us list. By nature, we're afraid of people rejecting us.
What if they think I'm weird?
What if I'm coming across too pushy?
What if I don't explain myself well enough?
What if they turn me down?
This aspect of Beautycounter has reminded me so much of the Gospel. It can be intimidating to share our faith at times, for the above reasons and more. But, God has used this illustration in my life to remind me not to be afraid of rejection.
For Beautycounter, it's not about selling, it's about sharing. The company was founded on education, which is a top priority. If switching to safer options is something I am passionate about, why not share it with the world? Why not teach others what I've learned?
Maybe you're struggling with comparison or feeling alone. Perhaps you are feeling uninspired in your business or paralyzed by the fear of rejection. Are you wondering when God will provide?
I pray that this encourages you. I pray that you needed to hear this as much as I did.
God is so, so faithful. I am looking forward to all that the Lord has yet to teach me through my journey with Beautycounter.