The current in thing is start up companies. Everyone is doing it. But to be honest, it’s not very glamorous to start a new business. No one knows who you are and you have little credibility. All you have is to hope people trust you.
This weekend we had a very successful speaker and author visit our church. He is wealthy, has a beautiful family, sales millions of books, and travels the world. As I listened to him talk about the early days of having no money and being a newlywed living in an empty apartment, I realized success takes time.
I see many successful large churches celebrating their 25th and 30th anniversary. For as long as I’ve been alive, they’ve been building the church. When I look at the old footage, I see a young passionate person preaching to a crowd of 20 people as if they were speaking to thousands, not knowing that one day they would.
It’s easy to be discouraged when starting something new. It’s tempting to give up and stop trying. But I’m encouraged of the lives of the generation before me that things take time to grow and success is something that is built. It’s those early days of creating the foundation that will determine how long something last.