I was in Austin, Texas recently and passed by Franklin’s BBQ. Apparently, Franklin’s is a really famous BBQ spot in Texas. People camp out from around 7 am in the morning for a taste of this food. I was simply amazed by this story. Who in their right mind tailgates for four to five hours for some BBQ? Not I.
However, it got me thinking. How many of us are really willing to wait until it’s our time to get something we really want?
And to be clear, I’m not talking about idly waiting for something to drop into your lap. I’m talking about waiting and working; setting the foundation for the home you dream of building.
Are you doing the required work to get the results you want? If you believe in a higher power like I do, then you have to know that God cannot finish what you do not start. A lot of times we claim to be waiting on God to make a change for us but 9 times out of 10, God is waiting for us to start working.
There’s nothing wrong with dreams. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am a big dreamer. My dreams are always big, and my goals have always been lofty. I’m not knocking the dreamers, what I’m knocking is the dreams that remain just that; dreams. It’s better to be a doer.
Dream to accomplishment cannot happen without hard work and sacrifice.
We want to have seven figure businesses but aren’t willing to burn the midnight oil or wake up at 5 am every morning even on the weekends. We want a 4.0 GPA but aren’t studying or turning in stellar homework assignments. We, ladies, want a handsome, financially stable, faithful God-fearing man but aren’t putting the work into ourselves to make sure we are independent, whole and ready for when that man comes along.
It’s like wanting to make a 5-course meal but can’t cook, it’s time to learn! It’s time to put forth the effort and get serious.
In the words of Bishop T.D. Jakes, The Lord cannot bless what we won’t build.
We want the instant gratification and for someone to tell us that we can go in front of them on the line so we can get to where we need to go faster. That’s not how any of this works. Skipping the line may get you what you need right now but what about the future? What about the long term goals, how do you expect the achieve those? Are you waiting for someone to allow you to skip the line once again?
Why are we so willing to skip experiences? The process can be just as satisfactory as the end result.
Stop rushing the process. You have to trust it, believe it, and be okay in the uncomfortable. Skipping the line might give you a brief satisfaction but the real euphoric feeling comes after you’ve put in the hard work.