We live in a world that glorifies the shiny, polished, successful end product. Not the work in progress.
But here’s what you and I need to get straight…
It’s not up to the world to glorify the work in progress. It never will and we can never expect it to (unless it’s the backstory of a successful end product, of course).
Glorifying your work as it’s in progress is up to you. This is where you need to be as fired up as ever.
If you’re a pastor with a church that’s 23% full, you need to LOVE hating that.
If you’re a blogger with one reader who isn’t in your immediate family or friend group, yes, a part of you is going to hate it, but a deeper part of you will love it.
If you’re a newbie at a killer company and you’re working an entry-level gig with high hopes of some other position, yes, a part of you will find that excruciating. But your foot is in the door. And the world is at your feet. How awesome is that?
Glorifying your work in progress is between you and God.
If your soul sings as you scribble out horrible draft after horrible draft of prose, this work you’re doing might be for you. But if none of you enjoys the process, you’ll never get there.
It’s like the saying, “Everyone wants to go to Heaven but no one wants to die.” It’s so true in so many ways (well, you and I know that we don’t have to wait until we die to go to Heaven, but the sentiment is spot-on).
You have to enjoy the process of getting better. Which means you have to kinda enjoy sucking for awhile.
And if you do, all you have to do is keep at it.
Great things await you.