Rome was not built in a day, but you are able to speculate that bricks were laid every hour, around the clock. This must inform your perspective about the actions you are taking to light up your world. Two things must be crystal clear to you: you must be deliberate about your mission. You must also accept the fact that making a difference takes time. Allow it to sink in; these things don’t happen by accident, and they don’t happen overnight. Perhaps such a wake-up call will give you the foresight to approach your work as a marathon.
Google had been the best search engine in the world for at least 6 years before you discovered it. Before they were able to go global, they had been working on their mission to organize the world’s information for years. Most of today’s biggest voices have been in the industry for 5 to 10 years before you ever heard of them. You may have heard of overnight successes and breakout stars, but most of the time, those overnight successes took years to develop. You can’t give up after a few successful attempts to make your ideas work. Even in today’s fast-paced world, patience is still a virtue.
Remember that the vision will come together at the appointed time, and even if it appears slow, be patient. While you wait, you should be improving your clarity and increasing your velocity (Habakkuk 2: 1-3). Using the Watching the World devotional as an example, we should note that some people may not discover the project until it has been published and distributed for ten years. The tragedy would be if publication ceased after three or four years. The project would not have persisted long enough to reach its breakthrough point. Every big idea you have will work out, but you must stick with it long enough to make a difference.