Turning raw materials and an open field into a towering building is infinitely easier than transforming used materials in a run-down shack into a skyscraper.
If you’ve ever tried to remake something broken into something beautiful, you know exactly what I mean. Whether it’s a life, a family, or an organization, transformation comes with a definite learning curve. In fact, rebuilding an unhealthy organization might just be the hardest job known to man.
It’s definitely not an overnight fix or a month-long change. It’s more than a band-aid or a dose of Tylenol.
Fact is, it takes five years to build health. But sadly, most people give up somewhere around year two or four.
Here’s a timeline that’s played out time after time…
Year One: Idealistic hope and unrealistic expectations rule decisions. You are dismissed by critics as a lost cause.
Year Two: Failures cause you to doubt and make you question your resolve. Your progress is criticized by outsiders.
Year Three: Your progress gives you hope that victory is near. Your detractors will resent and slander everything about you – on a personal and an organizational level.
Year Four: Your progress stalls due to the criticism leveled at you and you again question whether the future is worth the journey.
Year Five: Sustainable momentum and healthy systems have been built. The organization is sustainable only if you’ve moved through problems, situations and criticism with integrity and godly boldness.
If you’ve ever undertaken an organizational project, you’ve experienced the timeline. Chances are it didn’t play out in nice, neat, clean year-long segments, but it did happen.
If you’re in the middle of a rebuild, and things seem tough in the second or the fourth year, don’t give up! Stay the course, endure the criticism, and refuse to quit!
And remember this… When you’re little, they will ignore you. When you’re growing, they will criticize you. When you’re big, they will resent you. So, ignore them!
If God has called you to the vision of what could be, then He’s called you to the journey. And He never said it would be easy…