Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Dose of Hope

I just got back from my second annual Premier Regional Rally. I’ve been a part of Premier Designs Jewelry for about a year and a half now and I’m more excited about my job today than I ever have been. Who would have thought that I would turn from a teacher, to a stay at home mom, to a jewelry lady?

I think I may have mentioned this before, but I struggled for a long time about actually being a “jewelry lady.” I struggled with it not being a very “prestigious” job. After all, I had gone to college and gotten a masters degree in teaching. That was a “prestigious” job, right? But being a jewelry lady is so much more than selling jewelry. It’s actually not about jewelry sales at all. I mean of course, I need to make sales in order to make a living, but those sales aren’t the focus of my business. People are! You see, Premier Designs is a business focused on HONORING GOD and SERVING PEOPLE. Luke 22:27 is a verse straight from the mouth of Jesus that states, “I among you, is one who serves.” That is the verse you will also see outside the Home Office of Premier Designs in Texas. Wow! Premier is a business that stands on the Word of God. Now, that’s a business I want to work for.

Andy Horner (Premier’s founder) spoke at Rally on 3 words that would change our lives and our businesses. They were GIVE, SERVE, and LOVE. It wasn’t about something we could do to make our businesses more productive, to sell more, to sponsor more people. It was about being more like Christ. It’s about giving others a “dose of hope.”

GIVE. Premier is a company that believes in giving. Why else would they GIVE their jewelers 50% of everything they sell? Why else would they GIVE hostesses 30% of everything sold in free jewelry? Why else would they GIVE back to missionaries and ministries in 60 different countries around the world? Because Acts 20:35 says that “it’s more blessed to give than to receive.” And Premier is a company that acts upon the Word of Scripture.

SERVE. Premier believes in meeting people’s needs and serving others who are sometimes hard to serve. Good customer service is rare to find these days. But service adds value to the product. We must ask ourselves how we can SERVE our customers. Christ was the greatest example of a humble servant. Premier wants us to be more like Him.

LOVE. 1 Corinthians 13:13 says, “Three things will last forever – faith, hope and love. And the greatest of these is love.” Andy Horner said, “Love is the most magnetic thing you will have in all your life.” I believe that is true. Premier is a company focused on LOVING others, right where they are, whether they buy jewelry or not. We are called to show them Christ’s love.

You see, I have been reading Acts in the last few weeks. I’ve been reading about Paul proclaiming the name of Christ over and over again to people all over. His purpose in life was to do that. I think sometimes we feel like we have too much going on in this life to focus on proclaiming the name of Christ. We think, “Well that was Paul’s sole job. We have jobs we actually have to go to. Paul just traveled around the world, sight seeing. If that was my job, I could proclaim the name of Christ too.” What we forget it that Paul’s job is our job too. Whether we are accountants, doctors, teachers, college students, cashiers, babysitters, dog walkers, or jewelry ladies. Proclaiming the name of Christ is OUR JOB, OUR PURPOSE. I have the opportunity to go into women’s homes and meet them where they are. Bring them hope. Encourage them. Walk along side them. And proclaim the name of Christ. Wow! Now, that’s a prestigious job!!

Something else I love about Premier is that all my best friends from different stages of life have entered into the business with me. I LOVE that! Ashley was my very best friend in high school. Kristy H. was my very best friend in college. Kristy S. is my very best friend from mommy hood. Lacy, who was a friend from college, has certainly become my very best friend in Premier AND my Premier Mama! Stephanie, who has her training show tomorrow, was my very best friend from teaching. And, my mom is a part of Premier too. WOW! Now, if I could just get Lauren, my very best married couple friend (her hubby Lance is BFF’s with my hubby too!), and a few other girls who are near and dear to me, to join the business too, my Premier family would be complete! :)


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Left to Right: Kristy S, Lacy, Ashley, me, mom, Kristy H

Front: Rita

Lacy is my amazing Premier Mama, and the rest are my amazing Premier daughters. We were missing daughters Tina (who was there, just not in the picture!!), Stephanie, Melissa, and Courtney. As well as, my granddaughters Terri & Rhonda (who where there, just not in the picture), and Arielle.

I can’t tell you how much being a part of Premier has meant to me. Premier allows me to stay at home with my girls, helps provide financially for my family, gives me something to do that’s specifically for ME, allows me to build into the lives of other women, and proclaim the name of Jesus. Why do I do Premier? Because I LOVE it and because God is going to do BIG things through it. Wow, I can’t wait to see what 2012 holds in store! Certainly, a dose of hope!

1 comment:

Tristan said...

Love this post Danielle! It was good seeing you lastnight at Stephanie's grand opening! ;) hehe. I am so excited about Premiere! :) I almost couldn't sleep lastnight thinking of all the possibilities! Maybe I will join the "family" oneday! ;)