This year, 2021, is our 20th year serving churches and ministries. You can watch or listen to our podcast to learn more.
Starting a church or in our case, a business that serves churches, is never easy. There comes a time in most church planter’s lives as well as entrepreneurs, when the challenges seem overwhelming. You’ve suffered consecutive setbacks and sometimes, you seriously consider throwing in the towel.
You question yourself. Maybe you don’t have what it takes after all? Maybe your breakthrough idea or vision just isn’t realistic? I know firsthand, having the experience of starting Christian radio stations as well as churches. It happens all the time, but I’m here to tell you why you should never ever give up on your dreams.
Consider these 5 reasons why you should not give up:
Remember Why You Started
So why do you start? What are your dreams and why do you want to accomplish them? Remembering your purpose is one of the most powerful ways to stay connected with your dreams and have your dreams to motivate you every moment. Do you know that people who have strong and emotional reasons to achieve their dreams usually are the ones that did? Without a strong purpose, you will lose motivation and wanted to quit when you face rejections and failures.
Remember Everything Takes Time
Success requires time, and for you to accomplish your dreams, it is the same. This is called the Law of Gestation. Babies will stay in the womb for about 40 weeks before they are finally born into the world. And dogs have a gestation period of about 58-68 days, while for an acorn to turn into an oak tree takes more than 8 months. The same goes for your church or business, your success and your dreams. They have a gestation period too! This is why people often say that success will never come overnight. Rome was never built in a day, and it takes time for things to mature and become a reality.
Remember Mistakes Do Happen.
There’s not a straight line to success. You’re going to hit bumps in the road that will feel like mountains. But, you can get over them. In fact, making mistakes is necessary to creating a successful company. If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not experimenting. You’re not trying new approaches. You’re not going anywhere. They key thing is to make sure that you learn from the mistakes.
We’ve all heard stories about famous figures who have failed numerous times. Abraham Lincoln, for one, failed to win several positions before becoming president of the United States. Another example, Walt Disney, had to close businesses till he achieved to worldwide success. There are plenty of examples from the Bible of great people failing before succeeding like King David, Moses, and Peter. Failure is a part of the journey, but it’s never the end until you decide to quit.
Remember the Passion in Your Life
If you give up on your dreams, you’re living a life unfulfilled. I can’t imagine not being passionate about something. Do you really believe you can build a church and help many people if you have a wishy-washy approach and don’t feel strongly about your personal endeavors? If you don’t have a mission — if you don’t have a purpose and a passion — are you wasting potential? Live life with passion and you will never be bored. Absolute conviction is everything. The Apostle Paul was a man of passion. Paul’s passion was to take the gospel to those who had never heard. What is your passion? What has God placed upon your heart? What are your dreams and desires? Are you fulfilling your part in what God wants to do through you?
Remember that Anything can Happen
I was born in Ohio and a motto appears beneath the Seal of Ohio and on the official letterhead of some state and county agencies. You probably know if better from Mathew 19:26, With God all things are possible. Don’t give up today because the breakthrough you need might happen tomorrow. All of the hard work you invest in yourself and others will pay off in the long run. It may well be that you’re running in a marathon despite the fact that you were only expecting a short sprint. If you’re at the point of giving up, give it another shot.
Our purpose and passion is to help churches and ministries. We’ve been doing it for 20 years now. If we can help your church or ministry, reach out to us today, [[email protected] ]()