Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Psalm 127:1
Over the years I have received countless emails, messages, and phone calls asking how I started The Marketplace (TMP). Inevitably one question is always asked, “What is your secret as to why TMP is successful?” Honestly there is no secret behind it. I have honored the vision God gave us. Simple. Has it been easy? Absolutely not. I remember when we were looking for our brick and mortar location the landlord asked, “What’s to stop someone from opening a store down the street just like this one?” Nothing. He just stared at me. God has been very clear, You do you and let Me be Me. Just follow what I ask you to do.
We don’t model ourselves after other groups. Why? Because we would be a 2nd rate version of them, a copy. God gave them a vision that is different than who we are. That’s awesome! What works for them won’t work for us. God designed The Marketplace and I am just the contractor of this project. When I tell people this, they are quiet. My guess is they think I have a “secret sauce” as to why we are still around in an ever changing environment. There is no sauce people. One person got mad at me when I told her this. “You just don’t want competition. I can do what you do!” Ok, then why are you calling me?
God has really been speaking to my heart to encourage people with the dream that He has given them. Is it just beyond you? Good, then you know it’s from Him. Reread the verse above then rest in the knowledge that He knows what He is doing and you know Him. So, it’s all good!