Build Slow, Last Forever
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)