By Jess Wismer, CEO of Scrumptious Secrets
As I was starting my senior year of college, I faced a life-shaping decision: do I say yes to a job offer — to a competitive salary, an excellent opportunity to build my resume — or do I follow the pull of my heart to start my own business?
I felt called by the whispers of God to pursue the latter. So in 2015, this journey of starting Scrumptious Secrets began. But what I failed to do in the beginning was put God first in how I made decisions for the direction of the business. Instead, I trusted my own understanding, knowledge, and pride. It took a number of years of trying and learning to realize the true purpose of Scrumptious Secrets: to be a tool for God’s love. This was why I was called towards this path.
“Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And it goes hand-in-hand with the second: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 23: 37-39)
Love is a verb. It’s an action, made up of choices we can make and steps we can take every day that have a reverberating impact for others and the world around us.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always hopes, always preserves.” (Corinthians 13: 4-7)
Many times, choosing to love our neighbor is as simple as being kind to those around us or taking time out of our busy schedule to help someone else. It’s reaching out versus reaching in. Sometimes, we are called to give a gift in celebration — or in someone’s hardship and pain as a reminder that they are loved, thought about, and cared for.
Our mission at Scrumptious Secrets is to be a tool for you to spread joy to your loved ones. It’s why one of our core company values is love. We strive to show love for our neighbors, our employees, our vendors, our artisans, our customers, our planet, and our community in every action we take. We choose vendors who make products with love for the planet and their community in mind. Each of our gifts, complete with a handwritten note, is curated with love. Love is at the heart of everything we do.
Here’s to opening our hearts to love and spreading more of it. I know that together, we can spread joy and love to every life we touch.