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There really aren’t any “overnight successes” in ministry.

No matter how prodigious they are, effective missionaries—like basketball stars—do not achieve significant results without going through periods of development and mentorship.

For example, during the 2011-2012 NBA season, New York Knicks fourth-string point guard Jeremy Lin appeared as an “overnight” sensation. The Knicks had suffered a dismal season, and in a moment of desperation Coach Mike D’Antoni let Lin take the court.

What happened next was sheer basketball magic.

Lin turned the game around and led a six-game winning streak, averaging twenty points per game. He was named to the “Rising Stars” team during the All Star break and went on to sign a multi-million dollar contract with the Houston Rockets.

But here’s the reality.

The only magic that happened to Jeremy Lin that night was that he saw the payoff for years of hard work and perseverance. In fact, Lin was anything but an “overnight” sensation....