The number 37 may to you seem like just another ordinary little number but to me it brings a mix of feelings of joy and disappointment. The number 37 coincides with the number of sales that I received within a year of re-opening Called To Edify Boutique. I really expected to do more than 37 sales by now. I mean I reached out to friends, family, posted on social media every single day, but still within a year I only had 37 sales. Now the way in which I run my store I have a distributor that prints all of my items, so they receive the majority of the profits and I always feel that I don’t have enough to even support the ministries that I am trying and wanting to support which can be frustrating at times.
I had extremely high expectations for the third time but the one thing I didn't do is really come up with a clear and concrete goal for myself on how much I wanted to sale and how I was going to go about getting it done. I realize now I need to work on this and make sure each month I have a clear and concise goals and objectives for my store.
I also realize that I can’t be consumed with the success I see from other stores but instead enjoy the journey that the Lord has me on right now and learn from it. I have also learned from this experience that I need to continue to focus on the why I am doing this, not being consumed by the results. I am realizing this verse from Colossians 3:17 (and whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through him) is the verse I need to meditate on daily.
So now when I look at the number 37 I think about where I was before with my first store which was 3 sales, the second store 6, and now this store is at 37. I now realize that I have had to change my perspective on the number 37. I am realizing now that my sales did increase which shows growth and I should celebrate that growth! I now look at the number 37 with joy because it’s a representation of exemplifying the fruits of the spirit during the long and arduous journey of growing an eCommerce business. I have especially had to be patient during this journey because it doesn't happen overnight. I am understanding more and more each day that I must continue to have joy because I am living out the calling Jesus has on my life and be patient through the journey.
Which one of the “Fruits of The Spirit” do you feel the Lord working with you on today?
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