Most of the time we start out new ventures with grand ideas of success. I suppose that’s we start them.
I’ve often said for something to happen it has to happen three times.
The first time it happens is when you dream it up. Those moments are filled with possibility and potential.
The second time it happens is when you start working on it. This is when you’re faced with all the logistics and challenges to actually pull off what you’ve dreamed.
The third time it happens is when it’s done.
The first and third times are awesome. The middle one bites.
Discipline and sacrifice are required to actualize a dream. If you’re not willing to do those things, you ought not start out on the journey.
Most of the time we frame those moments as investments. We’re sacrificing now so that we can have what we’ve dreamed about later.
But … we’re rarely guaranteed later.
Both success and failure have their own costs. Success stretches your resources and tests your priorities. Failure stretches your ego and tests your resolve.
Success has by product … the third happening.
In failure, you never reach the third happening. You work, sacrifice, and suffer for a dream that never is actualized.
Following Jesus does not guarantee success, at least the kinds of success that we like to talk about. It’s not going to make you popular, rich, or comfortable. As a matter of fact, if I’ve read scripture right … it took most folks the opposite direction.
So … what are you willing to lose for?
Are you willing to fail? To risk it all? To go “all in”?
Are you willing to lose?
Do you love something THAT MUCH that you’re willing to lose it all for it?
We do. We love Albemarle that much. And we’re willing to follow Jesus back there, risk everything we have, and put it on the line to see God do something amazing in the life of that city.
I’m willing to lose … if it means that I get to follow Jesus, because at the end of it all … I’m left with Jesus.
That alone is worth it all.