Change is a slow process.
Whether it’s physical, mental, emotional, vocational, or (especially) political, real change demands real persistence. If we could be honest with ourselves, we all struggle with the patience that is requisite. Sure, we can take a different route to work, or we might eat a different breakfast cereal, but deep, lasting change requires more grit.
I’m currently working on a new entrepreneurial endeavor. I’ll save the details for the official launch, but at the moment I’m still in the ‘product development’ stage. I’m ‘vision-casting’. I’m making. I’m packaging. I’m trying. I’m experimenting.
Frustration is frequent during these production sessions. I’m reaching my limits as a creator more often than I’d like. I’m asking for help and advice more often than I anticipated. Ultimately, this doesn’t make my efforts less. It doesn’t diminish my ideas. It multiplies their impact. George Bernard Shaw put it well: “If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”
Most importantly, I’m learning to embrace the process.
This has been a microcosm for all my dream work and goals for upcoming years. I know that my Maker is developing a new product in me — in my character. I’m learning that I need to become more inclusive, more patient, and more interested in long-term lessons than short-term riches.
It’s a privilege to have ideas and goals that are beyond me. It is an honor to reach my limits because it that weakness forces me to encounter the One who knows none.