Wednesday, May 30th,
All rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson
things are lovely...think on these things" (Philippians 4:8)
I'm reading Mary Kay Ash's biography this week.
That's right, me reading Mary Kay. Think Pink. Instead of writing a book about
a dream company, which was her plan, she decided, "Why don't I just start my
dream company?" She invested her life savings, got a few sales people together,
then her husband had a heart attack and died, right when she took her first
step of faith. Her attorney advised, "Liquidate the business right now and
recoup whatever cash you can. If you don't, you'll end up penniless". But she
pressed on and the cosmetics legend that survived the difficult times is now
history. Actually she never liked pink as a color but the pink Cadillac sales
incentive took hold so now when people think Mary they think pink.
Then there is Mary Crowley, CEO of Home
Interiors, whose blurb urges, Think Mink! Either way you have to think you can
before you find you can. God gets involved with people who believe. One
observer commented, "Mary Kay Cosmetics was a divine accident looking for a
place to happen". A lot of businesses get their big break that way. But it's
not inconceivable that such a break should come your way. Divine "accidents",
some call them coincidences, God-winks, miracles or whatever, are collisions
between preparation and opportunity. To be prepared is to be pre-paid. The
price for success is preparation whether that means moonlighting for a college
degree, working a second job to scrape some down payment money, or practicing a
couple extra hours a day to be a more competitive athlete. Mary Kay believes in
overcoming fear and taking gambles. To quote, "Most people live and die with
their music still unplayed". Instead of thinking boring gray we ought to add
some red pigment to the palette and...Think Pink.
In the above text, the apostle Paul gave a list
of attitudes that ought to flood our thoughts, whatsoever things are noble,
just, pure, lovely and of a good report, etc. He said to "think on these
things". To "think" requires engagement, not idle daydreaming or wandering of
thought. "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he..." (Proverbs 23:7) Mary Kay
had a great encourager. Her mother always confirmed the you-can-do-it mentality.
Not all Marys have that paternal support. So you have to learn to be your own
cheerleader, even when all advisors recommend a going out of business sale.
Don't quit. See life as a party, a Mary Kay party. In her organization, the
bumblebee is the chief symbol of accomplishment. She wrote, "We selected it
because of what the bumblebee represents for all women. You see, years ago,
aerodynamic engineers studied this creature and decided that it simply should
not be able to fly! Its wings are too weak and its body too heavy for flight" (Miracles
Happen - Perennial Books). Yet we know this scientific anomaly defies the
experts every spring when the flowers come out. Evidently, a bumblebee flies
because it thinks it can fly. I think you can fly, like a bumblebee, like a
kite, like an eagle. But when it comes to flying, a doubtful mind will weigh
one down quicker than a pair of lead boots. So the mind needs calibrated. "If
there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things". Think
mink, think pink, think...k'plink!