I started working with Beautycounter thinking it would only be a way to purchase products I love at discounted rates and talk about it occasionally to friends and family. Boy, was I wrong and even more, am I happily surprised to have been wrong!
There are a variety of amazing reasons to be part of the Beautycounter family — from advocating for clean beauty laws to investing in high-performing, safer ingredients for you and your family to making extra money to support your goals, dreams or grocery bill –– but what I didn’t expect was the joy of working diligently in something that’s valuable to me and allowing it to be another avenue of how I invite others into the love of God.
With easy access to so many different lifestyles, personalities and interests via the internet, I think it’s easy to find ourselves a little lost when it comes to confidently and freely walking our unique path.
John 15:9-11 says, “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Live within my love. When you obey me you are living in my love, just as I obey my Father and live in his love. I have told you this so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your cup of joy will overflow!”
Learn the art of cultivating a life with God and inviting everyone you encounter into it via your interests and daily routine. Your hobbies, passions and season of life are your territory and they are doorways and fertile ground for radiating the truth of Christ.
Take time to sit with God and lay out all your desires and dreams and strengths and interests on the table. Hosting meals? Spin classes? Sales? Taking photos? Volunteering? Being a nurse? DIY? An Etsy shop? Wedding planning? Fishing? Traveling? Baking? Coffee dates? Woodworking? Do it excellently! Do it with joy! Do it freely and with God!
A girl I knew in high school but was a few years behind me recently purchased Beautycounter products in an effort to help with bad eczema and product sensitivity. After honestly responding to her question of how I got into Beautycounter, she replied with this:
“I know the feeling of not wanting to sound salesly but honestly, thank you so much for following God’s lead into this because I would have never learned about it and needed it desperately!”
To which I wanted to do cartwheels because this is why I want to be here. Your work or hobby may not be Christian-related, but you have Christ in you. If you have courage and ask Him for opportunities, you will flourish and He will seep out on to all who encounter you.
I was nervous starting out with Beautycounter. Mostly because I highly value authenticity and I never want to come across shallow or salesly or opportunistic. And because I’ve never done ANYTHING like this before. But once I settled into my unique rhythm, it seamlessly became part of my routine and I really like it.
In her new book That Sounds Fun, Annie F. Downs talks about the joys of being an amateur and why we run away from it,
“Somewhere along the way, we all decided we had to be professionals. That is the only option. It has totally stunted growth and squelched conversations and stopped us from being brave. If I think I can only do something I’m great at, or something I can fake greatness in, I will live a very limited life.”
Can you relate to her words?
You never know what God will do with your work, desires and dreams, but I can guarantee you He’s powerful enough to do something. Why not be good at what you do and trust Him to shine through?