Previously I met with a group of business leaders—we call ourselves a “Huddle”—where participants get away from time to time to regain some perspective around the Scriptures and around each other. Normally we bundle the day with a unique activity of some sort, normally in an unusual venue. On this particular day, we ended up meeting with two Amish businessmen, on their farms, to see their business practices and learn from them. In each case, the Amish men were very successful and they did their work with limited technology. We were all impressed.
Here is my favorite memory of that day. We were talking with Andrew, who only seven years prior had started a flower nursery. He could tell you everything you’d need to know about flowers, flower baskets, and marketing them to the outside world. At one point I asked him, “So was this a grand vision of yours, or was it a vision that grew piece by piece?” His answer was quick:
“Well, you start with nothing, and then you dream it along.”
I had no trouble making the parallel to what we do in starting new churches. Technically, we don’t “start with nothing”. Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hades will not overcome it” (Matthew 16:18). But you know what I mean. We are among those who are really taking risks, going against the odds, to mark this world for good. You are part of that. You lead, you pray, you risk. I am so proud of you.
Together we make a difference for the here and hereafter.