The past month or so I have felt like I’m not doing enough. Like I need to make more money, I need to jump in on this #ladyboss thing and actually gain followers, gain attention for who I am and all the things I’m doing, that I need to sell something to be successful. I HAVE to get paid for the things I’m doing or I’m failing. I’ve felt like I need to conform to what everyone else is doing to have a community that surrounds me. That I need to market a product to consumers in order to be fulfilled. These questions have passed through my mind: “what can I do to make money?” “What’s the best way to gain a following?” “Which MLM can I join to gain more success and an income?” I have literally broken down in tears recently because I have not felt good enough in today’s society. We are so hungry for success and earning more money that we have completely forgotten who we REALLY are. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago, when I almost pulled the trigger and joined an MLM team, that I felt I was awoken. I felt God say “what are you doing? Why are you trying so hard to do things I don’t want you to do?” I felt uneasy when I was about to join but I pushed it out with feelings of excitement to earn money and acceptance by others, people on the same “team” as me. The more I sat alone with myself I didn’t feel a peace and a comfort. I had to decline the opportunity because I felt something in my spirit saying this is not right for you right now. I truly felt the truth was revealed to me and I want to share with all of my friends because this is a message that needs to be shouted from the rooftops, ESPECIALLY in today’s world.
The biggest lie I have been told is that my happiness is the only thing that matters. That I am worthy and deserving of anything and everything I set my mind to. That I need to seek after things the that bring me monetary wealth.
Let me tell you what the truth is, I will never be enough. I will fail, others will fail me. I will fall and I will get hurt. My success could end any day, my money could all be gone tomorrow. My friends may turn their backs to me and I may lose family members. But my faith in the Lord, that will last forever. I have had to learn that success in worldly standards doesn’t define me. It shouldn’t define you! Who you are in Jesus should define you. The way you treat others and the time you spend in His presence, diving into His word matters. Everything the world has to offer you WILL be gone one day.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal, but store up for yourselves treasure in heaven.” Matt. 6:19-20
“Live our your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.” 1 Peter 1:17
I’m talking to you right now, stay at home mom. You may not be enough, but God is. You don’t have to seek fulfillment by joining a marketing team. You don’t have to grow your followers to be seen and heard. Your validation comes from the Lord. His grace and love is sufficient, He wants your attention. He wants to speak with you, to have a relationship with you. Your job as a mother is so important. You are worthy of love, you are important and you are heard. God values what you do even if you “just” chase babies, cook and clean. You are fearfully and wonderfully made!
Let me make something clear, I’m not telling you that it’s wrong to want to make money or to join a MLM team and sell products. These things are not bad or wrong. What IS wrong, is lust, is discontent, is jealousy and envy, filling a void only the creator of the world can fill. No matter what you do to make money, what your hobbies are, who you hang out with or what you do with your free time, I want you to ask yourself something, “am I spending more time and energy on this than I am with Jesus and making an impact for his kingdom?” Ask yourself, “is Jesus enough? If he asked me to leave it all, would I do it?”
If the answer is no, I strongly encourage you to spend some time today in prayer. Ask God where he wants you right now. He may just want you to be still.
Guys if you are seeking the world, if that is the desire of your heart, you WILL get that. God will give you the desires of your heart but please hear me, it’s not worth it. Nothing in this world compares to the love of God. Nothing compares to knowing you are walking with Him and trusting Him to make the moves in your life.
I’m not sure who needs to hear this today but I just felt it soooo heavy on my heart. I’m so thankful I stopped what I was doing and decided to turn my ear to the Lord. He was calling me to stop, to be still. To listen to Him and to submit to His plans for my life. A relationship with Christ doesn’t always mean earthy success and acceptance.
“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit your soul?” Matt. 16:15
Because I stopped and listened to Him, he’s rocked my world the past few weeks. I’ve spent time praying for so many friends. I have had time to study my bible more. To serve my friends, my kids and my husband. And to just be still and listen! My heart has been softened and redirected. His plans are always better mine, even if it stings a little to die to myself and my own desires. He is so good and so faithful. The times I’ve felt the most alive, the most myself, are the times I’ve given submission to the Lord and let Him work through me.
A quick note: if you’re apart of an online business or MLM and you’re successful, YOU ROCK! Please don’t hear me condemning you. These words were ones I felt God lay on MY heart during this season, my own convictions and they may not apply to you. ANYTHING can be made an idol, not just our business. Use your platform to encourage people to seek Jesus. No matter what product you are selling, that is the most valuable thing you will ever give them.
I love you guys and would love to hear from you about how you’re doing or how I can be praying for you. I truly care and I make a point to get alone and pray for you when you ask.
Thank you for reading. ❤️