I had plans to be the corporate working mom. I wanted to do big things and it seemed like the corporate world was the most respectable, logical path. I was committed to that world and tried so hard to make it work but just kept banging against walls. That corporate job was not good for my health. In fact, it basically took a surgery and a layoff for that light bulb to go off for me. And then I had a child who has special needs and was not going to fit into the daycare-all-day model. I was pretty broken from trying to live the life I thought I needed to live. It was not working.
I guess sometimes we have to hit the wall a few hundred times before we listen the birdies swimming around our heads telling us to LET GO of that thing we want so bad. All those walls were saying they weren't the path God had planned for me. He has told me as much throughout the years and sometimes I've listened and sometimes I was too laser focused on what I wanted for ME that I wasn't hearing Him. I was selfishly lining up the story for myself and my life, not seeing the bigger picture that there were things that He needs me to to do for HIM and His Kingdom. There is a greater purpose to why I am here than just to enjoy my own life. It is to serve others with the gifts He gave me.
All of this to say, I didn't walk on to this path because it was the one that I chose. It chose me. Just like all of the best things that have happened in my life. Wouldn't have thought my husband would be who he is. Wouldn't have thought I'd be living in South Florida. Can't believe how sick I got and how traumatic it was for my family. God has a perfect plan in mind and I trust Him above all. Even if it is extremely vulnerable and scary and pushes me beyond what I think I can handle. I am called to serve him in obedience because of the miraculous healing he has done in my life. There is nothing more important than His call for me because He saved me and saves me every day. His message was loud and clear "I am going to heal you and you are going to help others find their way to me so I can heal them.
Maybe you think I'm a little too much about Jesus for your liking. And all this talk about oils might seem like some kind of crazy scheme to you. I always hated the idea of trying to get my friends to buy things from me. Ugh. Can I be honest that I've had several conversations with God about this? You want me to do WHAT?
Network Marketing. Eeww. gross.
I was such a hater. I loathed being invited to parties. I thought it was all marked-up junk. I went to college. I have a degree. I had a good corporate job. I was totally above that stuff. HA.
Friends. Listen. It's not what you think. It's not what I thought. Maybe you'll hear me and maybe you won't but here's what I've learned:
It is about healing. It is about sharing the goodness of God's creation with others. It is about integrity, stewardship, purpose, hope.
To be clear, no one told me to think this way or to believe certain things. While our Ningxia drink is yummy it is not Kool Aid and I am of sound mind and spirit, making choices and engaging in the things which I am actively discerning through prayer and thoughtful consideration. The transformation done within me is all from Christ. My affiliation with this company is because they do good honest work, they respect humanity, the products are highest quality and have made measurable results in my health so I can talk about them with conviction, and it is very complimentary to my calling. It has provided me a flexible way to earn money, love others, share Jesus, build community, develop myself, and work alongside the demands of motherhood in a way that no other work situation has allowed. It is full of lots of people doing things their way with the freedom to follow their own personal calling in their own unique way. And while I love that many of my fellow oilers are Christians, there are people of all faiths and it is an open-minded loving community that does not impose beliefs on anyone. You do you, friend.
And while money is a necessary component of any vocation, this is not about getting rich for me. It's not about taking advantage of anyone. It is about being a good neighbor. It's about using the resources I've been given to help to give my sisters and brothers a hand in coming back to themselves, finding relief, and doing unto others that which I would want them to do unto me. I went through my health crisis. By the grace of God and the help of many good strangers I made it out the other side and the fruits of that pain are that I survived to help another person through their own crisis and share tools that God gave us to help us to be ministers to others.
Today's reading is The Good Samaritan. You know that story. Or go look it up, I'll wait here. (Luke 10:25-37) How many of us are the ones that walk by someone in need? How many of us are too scared to help? Too afraid to sacrifice something of ourselves (pride, money, safety, comfort) to help someone? This calling ain't easy, especially in a world where there are so many other priorities. But I hear it loud and clear and you can't un-hear something, it will haunt you until you take heed (not coincidentally also today's reading Deuteronomy 30:10-14)
So, I'll just be over here doing my thing and I want you to know that I respect you and love you and am not out to take advantage, only to Love as He has loved me. And if you don't want to buy oils that's fine but still let me love you and share God's light with you, okay? 🙂
I'm Lisa Yau