I am so excited to share a special project that Gretchen, of Life Lived Beautifully, and I have been working on for creative entrepreneurs! Gretchen shared some thoughts on her blog (see the full post here!) to introduce the Shop Girl’s Code and she summed it up so perfectly, I had to share here as well! :
“I have wrestled with how to be in a business that shares Christ and brings glory to God. Once I was in business, I realized how mirky the waters can be and I knew that, as a believer, I have been called to a higher standard because I represent Christ in all I do. I started to study Scripture about owning a business and pray through how the Lord would have me run Life Lived Beautifully in a way that honors Him (both in my heart and in what I do online). I long to be Spirit-led in everything that I create, as well as to run the behind the scenes aspects of the business in a way that honors God. My friend, Val Woerner of Val Marie Paper, shared her same heart with me in the summer of 2015 that she longed for the same thing. She shared her vision to create a community of “kingdom-led creatives” who come together and decide to live differently than the standards of this world.
We prayed and started creating the “Shop Girl Code” that we could both use for personal accountability in our own business as well as encourage one another as we create and continue to make products that point women to Jesus. Our desire in the Shop Girl Code is to bring Christian women together to encourage one another and commit our work to the Lord. Instead of copying, criticizing, or comparing to one another, our goal is to champion our sisters through living a life that makes much of Jesus. Ultimately, we will stand before the Lord one day and be held accountable for all that we have done for the Kingdom, and we long to present our businesses as an act of worship to Him.
We pray that the Shop Girl Code would be an encouragement to you in your own personal accountability and an opportunity to live as set-apart Kingdom-led creatives!”
Gretchen & Val