What if you knew your business was going to succeed, but that it was going to take 7 years to get to that point? Do you have the patience to wait it out and continue to do the same thing day-after-day without a reward?
Most people don’t have that patience. In fact, it is such a rare quality that you’d have a hard time naming 10 people with the trait.
Right now, here in the beginning of April of 2012, the country is going back into a recession, even though the big-3 auto makers just reported a huge gain in sales of cars. I am certain that we’re heading into a recession, because my rocketry business is a leading indicator. Discretionary purchases, like toy model rockets, are the first thing that people cut back on when times get hard. And since mid-March, I’ve seen a decline in sales of rockets.
I did expect it though, as my sales seem to follow the price of gasoline. When the price of gas goes up, discretionary spending goes down. It is only when the price stabilizes that the customers will begin returning to the spending on rockets.
Normally, it would take at least 5 or 6 months for things to stabilize after a big surge in the price of gasoline. That would put us somewhere right in the heat of the Presidential campaigns. That would happen if things were normal…
Things aren’t normal this time around. I predict that President Obama will start to see his days numbered unless he has some sort of crisis that would make him look presidential. So he is already in the beginning stages of ratcheting up the rhetoric to make himself look like a savior. The North Koreans are getting ready to test fire a long-range missile, and he is provoking the Iranians with sanctions (why now, he could have done this 2 years ago). Also, the main-stream media is trying to stir up racial tensions to make sure that his core base stays energized to vote for him. He needs the crisis, and things are going to get ugly the until the end of December.
But his days in office are indeed numbered. The Republicans are more energized than ever to get out and vote against him. That is the good news!
That gets us back to patience. In the mean time, while we wait for the geo-political climate to return to a normal level, it is important to remain calm. And while you wait, continue to do what you’ve always been doing.
In the bible, I look at the patience of Jacob as my example. He wanted to marry Laban’s daughter Rachel. In fact, he had to patiently wait for seven years.
Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.”
Laban said, “It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.” So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her. Genesis 29:18-20 (NIV)
But he wasn’t idle during those years. He did is daily duties and there is no indication that he slacked off.
So while the economy is going down with the increase in the price of gas, don’t give up what you’ve been doing. And if you’ve been reading this blog, you know that what you should be doing is to continue to “Be Fruitful.” You will reap in due season. Even in a drought, there will be some harvest.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.