Sometimes, in our pursuit of greatness, God brings opportunities into our lives that far exceed our expectations, and sometimes, they are even completely contrary to our expectations. This is what happened to me just three years ago, and I am still stunned at what it has turned out to be.
In January of 2013, as I enjoyed lunch with one of my dearest friends and her mom, they shared with me about an opportunity to buy my own franchise. Because I was already benefiting from what this company provided, it was a “no-brainer” for me to buy in. With no restrictions, minimums, or requirements, and only a $50 investment, I signed on the dotted line. I have to tell you, I did not ask the first business question, because I had no intention or desire to develop this business. I only saw this as a way to save a little money on something my family was already benefiting from. I can remember declaring my lack of interest, intention, and desire, by telling my precious friend, “I do not have the time or the need for another job, I am not a salesperson, and I will not be sharing this with anyone!” Boy, did God have other plans; plans far bigger than my limited understanding.
As I became more educated on the mission of this company and the significance of the benefits my family had experienced for almost six years, I became overwhelmed with a moral obligation to share what I had learned with everyone I cared about. I had no idea that this passion would launch something bigger than I ever imagined. With no previous business experience on my part, just enough knowledge to make me a ball of “ignorance on fire”, and a deep desire to help those I love, God launched this unexpected blessing!
This opportunity, that I said I didn’t have time for, has been something that fits into my everyday life, rather than something I squeeze the most important parts of my life around. This job, that I said I didn’t need, is now helping put two of our kids through college, and it has afforded me so many wonderful opportunities. Even this week, I have enjoyed touring the Grand Canyon, the Red Rocks of Sedona, and Phoenix with my BabyGirl (my firstborn). Oh, sure, I’ll enjoy our National Conference for a few days, as well, where I will be stretched and educated, in order to do what I do even better, but all the while, I am investing in the life of one of the most treasured people on the planet, my daughter! How many people get to do that and call it a J-O-B? I would still say that I am not a salesperson, but I learned early on that what I really do is educate others by sharing my story and what I’ve gleaned in my own journey of wholeness. The statement I made just three years ago, which punctuated my resolve of what I would not do with this opportunity is comical to me now, as I passionately share with everyone I can, because I have come to see this opportunity as a blessed calling to empower people to be all that God has created them to be, in every area of their lives. I am blessed to be a part and have a front row seat to the transformation in the lives of others. I am fortunate to, not only see significant personal growth in my own life, as a result of this opportunity, but I am also able to empower others to become the strong, godly leaders they were destined to become. Can I tell you the sweetest gift of all? I am blessed to do it all, without leaving the roles I love most, being a wife and mother! I am still a stay-at-home mom! What a blessing!!!!
This blog is not, nor will it ever become, a commercial for anything. I am just wanting my story to encourage you to keep your eyes open. This opportunity has taught me that, I am prone to miss God’s provisions and blessings, if they aren’t packaged as I expect. As we pursue greatness, we must remember that we have limited perspective, and therefore, we must trust Him to direct us. Sometimes, His blessings will be disguised as a distraction. Many times, His provisions come in the most unexpected ways. For me, this is one opportunity where His blessings and provisions were far beyond what I could see when He dropped them in my lap and, even now, I am still learning just how much bigger His purposes are in this, even beyond what I currently see. His plans are so much higher than what we can think or imagine!
I pray I will have eyes to see what He has for me. I don’t want to miss any opportunity for personal growth, a chance to invest in the lives of others, or an occasion, no matter how big or small, to bring Him glory! I love what God has allowed me to do through our company, the people I’ve met along the way, and the lives I’ve been able to touch, in just three short years. I am constantly adding business developers to our team, and I am blessed, as I see them experience, firsthand, these unexpected blessing, as well! More than anything, I am humbled and deeply grateful for the person He is molding me into, as I pursue His greatness and the great things He has ordained for me to walk in, even when the opportunities aren’t packaged quite like I expected!