Content or Complacent

Have you noticed that a lot of network marketers are persons of faith?

i-have-come-to-the-conclusionThat’s true at least in the company I joined. I have a theory that network marketing requires more “faith” or “belief” than a job does.

You have to have faith in the company you joined.

You have to have faith in the products you sell.

You have to have faith in your ability to build a business.

I have come to the conclusion that people who practice faith in their personal lives are a good match for network marketing.

Of course, each of us practices our faith in different ways.

Unfortunately, my faith experience instilled some thinking that I had to change.

Contentment was the big challenge for me. In other words, being content with what you have and not striving for riches. The thought comes from a verse in Philippians 4. Here is the passage it comes from. The particular verse is emphasized by me.

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:10-13 NIV

It seemed that I was encouraged to be content with little. That created ai-was-encouraged-to-be-content-with-little-that-created-a-conflict-when-i-started-a-business-that-could-make-me-rich conflict when I started a business that could make me rich.

The thing is the Apostle Paul had known poverty and riches. He had learned to be content with either. But the context of this passage seems to be one of riches. The Philippian church had started sending him gifts again – gifts that flourished!

I know that some of my thinking lies with still being influenced by the notion that network marketing is a get rich quick scheme. The implication is that you don’t really work for what you receive.

That is nothing but falsehood. Unless you have someone building your business for you, you earn every dollar that comes to you.

In the beginning, you work more than you are paid for.

In the end, if you have built wisely, you will be paid a lot more than you are working for.

But I think I was mistaking complacence for contentment.

God does want contentment but never complacence about things that we can change; indeed things we are called to change.

To combat my erroneous thinking I needed to look at what the Bible says about riches.i-was-encouraged-to-be-content-with-little-that-created-a-conflict-when-i-started-a-business-that-could-make-me-rich-1

I considered how God delighted in blessing folks in the Bible with riches. Abraham, Job, Lot, Jacob, Joseph, Lydia, the woman from Shunem, Zacchaeus, the women who supported Christ.

And then there was Jabez.

And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested. I Chronicles 4:10 NIV

Not much is said about Jabez except this verse. But he asked God to give him more land. More land would make him more wealthy. His reasons seemed to be primarily for the benefit of others.

He wanted to be kept from evil. That is glorifying to God. And it reminds me of a Proverb.

7 Two things I request of You
(Deprive me not before I die):
Remove falsehood and lies far from me;
Give me neither poverty nor riches—
Feed me with the food allotted to me;
Lest I be full and deny You,
And say, “Who is the Lord?”
Or lest I be poor and steal,
And profane the name of my God.

Proverbs 30:7-9 NIV

The request is for enough. Too little might tempt us to steal. Too much might make us forget the Lord.

So what is enough.

When I was director of a nonprofit ministry for fifteen years I didn’t make a lot of money. The ministry itself didn’t have a large budget. And I learned not only how to be content with little. I learned how much a little could do.

And then God called me to come home and give my mother more of my time and attention. In the same month – I think it might have been the same week – that God was leading me to make that change, my daughter asked me to watch a video. It was a video that introduced me to network marketing.

I joined her. I hadn’t even worried about my future financial needs yet. And already there was the answer.

I went to meetings and trainings as advised. At the first big corporate meeting, a regional event, God pulled back the curtain and showed me that He intended to bless me in a big way. I sensed that He wanted to reward me for the fifteen years I was willing to work for little.

I wish I could say that I was quick to believe and follow through. The contentment lie haunted me and held me back . Even today I need to practice affirmations based upon all that God teaches about riches.

Here is how your prayer and affirmation to combat the contentment lie might sound.

Your prayer:

Father God,  every good and perfect gift is from you. You want to bless me with riches.  You want me to bless others with what You give me.  I reject the “little” mentality that your enemy wants me to live by. I embrace your plan for my life, in Jesus name, Amen.

Your affirmation:

I am blessed by God’s riches because of who He is. He has empowered me to build this business that is now blessing others. I enjoy the fruits of my labor knowing that it is a gift from God. I have learned to be content with little and with much. At times God has allowed little and now God has given much for His glory and the benefit of myself, my family and those who I have the joy of gifting with what God has provided.

The more you personalize your prayer and affirmation the better.

Feel free to message me with questions on how to personalize your prayer and affirmation by clicking this link. I personally respond to all messages.

A prayer is directed to God.

It is part of that daily conversation He wants to have with you.

The affirmation is directed at your subconscious which is often programmed in such a way as to defeat you and your plans.

For further explanation of how I have come to understand affirmations read my blog Prayers and Affirmations. You can find it here.

 

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