“Checked out your website I am a little concerned by your focus on God and religion”The sentence screamed out at me from the email. I had reached out to an organization wanting to offer my services as a trainer/nutrition coach. My first reaction, the one I am not proud of was anger. The reason for their response was probably “policy” but I could not help taking it personally. I felt like I was being excluded not based on my skills but on my beliefs. My business was being judged without even speaking to me based on my love for God.
I walked away from my computer took a deep breath and prayed. Then these scripture came to mind:
Colossians 3:2 Keep your mind on things above, not on worldly things.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
About a year ago I decided to come clean. To tell my real story. To tell the world that Jesus changed my life. I had been saved over three years ago but I had never declared my faith so publicly. I was nervous, excited and a little scared. Would I lose business? would people view me differently? I had spent a long time growing Brick House Bodies from nothing. But I was starting to feel like I was living in compartments: my outside life and my Christian life. They were very separate and it did not feel true.
So I decided to start my blog with my story. My testimony to how Jesus pulled me through a life long battle with an eating disorder. How he guides my life and set me free. As I hit post I was sweating and my hand was shaking but I also felt like it was right.
The reaction I got was incredible. To date my very first post with my story has been read the most. People commented and supported and shared their story with me. Even if one person would have read it I would have been over the moon. I was grateful to God for giving me the words and the courage to share.
Since that post my business has changed. I lost some followers but I gained so much more. I now live my purpose everyday. If my love for Jesus scares people or makes them uncomfortable that is more about them than me. I welcome the questions about my faith. All successful businesses have a mission statement my mission statement is the bible. It’s what I use to guide my decisions and my life. Do I preach to my clients? Never. Do I push the bible on them? Nope. Have I told women that they are children of God and loved by Him? Absolutely!
People often ask why I am always so happy. If they ask I say “cause Jesus”. When they ask how I can have a balanced outlook on food and eating I say “it’s Jesus” . When they tell me they are struggling I listen and tell them I will pray for them, and I do.
I am far from perfect! Some days I do not shine his light. I still get nervous and sometimes miss opportunities to tell people about Jesus. Would it be easier to stop speaking about God? It would be for many. But God never promised easy but he did promise victory. Everyday God puts people in my life who inspire me with their passion and boldness for Him. Everyday I pray to see people they way God sees them and to look for ways to glorify him. It’s the primary reason why I started my podcast, to inspire others with the amazing stories of these women and to also keep my own cup full.
I am grateful for the opportunities He has provided and for what He has in store for me.