Build Slow, Last Forever

Build Slow, Last Forever

Great things take time

There’s something about God that doesn’t allow things that come fast to last long.

  • Money that comes easily and quickly leaves in a twinkling of an eye;

  • Weight loss that comes as a result of diet pills and surgeries tends to come back quickly; and

  • Relationships that develop seemingly overnight are gone by morning.

I have never seen a home with a solid foundation fall apart but I have seen many shacks fall to pieces after a storm has passed. There’s something about a process that’s slow that produces things that last. It’s like a pot of homemade chili versus a bowl of chili purchased at a fast food restaurant.  The aroma of both are tantalizing but only the aroma of one is strong enough to linger for hours.

Fast food chili smells good while it’s hot but once it cools and has been eaten its aromatic fragrance is gone.  On the other hand, homemade chili can be smelled and sensed for hours after it has been cooked and prepared.  The homemade chili has spices that were simmered over heat for hours.  Its meat was tossed and stirred until perfection and its broth was boiled to create the perfect consistency.

After homemade chili has been prepared, just about any passerby can detect the spices because they lingered for hours on a stove.  The things in life and the desires our heart are very similar.  There are certain relationships, friendships and opportunities that just won’t work out because they haven’t endured the process long enough.

  • The guy lacks character to maintain a stable relationship in the future so the relationships comes to an abrupt or unexpected end;

  • The friend lacks loyalty and honesty to be a confidant so the friendship is cut short; or

  • The business associate lacks vision to support our dream so the business never takes off.

In life, each of us has the ability to determine the type of foundation that we will create.

  • We get to determine the character that we will possess;

  • We get to get to determine the type of friend that we will be to others;

  • We get to decide the type of employee or business associate that we will be; and

  • We get to decide the kind of boyfriend, girlfriend, fiance and spouse that we will be in our relationships.

As with all things that are constructed, there will always be an opportunity to choose cheap materials in order to expedite the process.  We will be faced with opportunities and temptations to cheat, cut corners and take the easy way out by doing things such as: lying, misleading others, giving up on things that don’t fit our timetable and choosing what’s convenient instead of devoting ourselves to the tasks that take time.  We will have the opportunity to get frustrated and abandon the process of building a strong foundation.

When excellence is being asked of you and convenience is an easy route, I encourage you to think of the empire that you’re striving to build and resist the easy way out.  Unless your empire is a shack, the thing that you are working towards is worth the process.  It’s worth the distance, the time, the challenge, the long nights, the long phone calls, the long meetings, the frustration, the tears, the sweat, the discipline, the years, the months and the days.

Everything you’re working towards is worth the process.  Build a rock solid foundation in all that you do.  Allow God to position you in a place where you can stand the tests of time.  Most of all, be encouraged to build slow so that you can last forever.

Scripture: “This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” (Habakkuk 2:3)

Love,

~ETE

=)

7 Comments
  • Courtney White
    February 27, 2014

    How beautiful is that verse in Habbakuk. It reminds us that there is an appointed time for out blessing. That time table looks different for all of us. But it is so beautiful because when the proper preparation and stability have been put into place our dreams and plans can be on solid ground. Thanks for this faith filled message!!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      February 27, 2014

      Yes, it’s one of my favorite. It’s a great message of encouragement to keep our eyes and heart fixed on Jesus, and have confidence that He will fulfill his promises to us.

  • Roselyn
    February 27, 2014

    Your analogy of the homemade verses bought chili is so perfect. The more we invest our time and effort into things the more we get better, experience and acknowledge its value. Our biggest challenge is investing in things that are pleasing to God. When we incorporate God throughout the process of things we do, it is much more easier to overcome the pitfalls when encountered because of our foundation. Looking at the story of Ruth, her foundation was so firmly rooted in her loyalty. Because she chose to be a loyal person, she was able to continue being loyal towards her mother In law when her husband died and as a result of that God blessed her. A solid foundation is vital in every area of our life. Recognizing the things and people God puts in our life, and building all these relationships with a solid foundation based on loyalty helps shape us into what and who God wants us to be. God seeks our loyalty to him and fellow brethren; and will bless us in due time. Let’s continue and reestablish friendships, businesses, relationships and marriages with a foundation based on loyalty and God will make a way like he did for Ruth due to her loyalty.
    Ruth 2: “10 At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She asked him, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?”11 Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. 12 May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      February 27, 2014

      Amen, like a seed that is planted in good soil we too will flourish when we allow God to establish us. The story of Ruth has grown in significance for me throughout the past 12 months, and has been referenced in many messages. Thanks for sharing it today. It was a great reminder of the reward that comes from being loyal, dedicated, committed and faithful.

      • Anonymous
        March 1, 2014

        This is what God has been feeding to my spirit lately, so again…confirmation!! Thank you!!

        • ErikaTheEncourager
          March 1, 2014

          All thanks and praise to God. He’s doing a great work in you! I pray that you blossom and flourish in your territory. =)

  • challenyee
    March 2, 2014

    Erika, what I wanted to mention is that after reading your article, I AM HUNGRY and chili sounds like a great idea. 🙂 – Challen

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