Blood, Sweat, and Tears
The First Ten Years of GotQuestions.org
By S. Michael Houdmann, Got Questions Ministries
Ok, I admit, there hasn't been much blood. But, I did get a nasty paper-cut one time. And, there hasn't been a whole lot of sweat, considering we sit in front of computers in air conditioned offices. There have been some tears, but thankfully, far more of them have been tears of joy than tears of pain. But, what the phrase "blood, sweat, and tears" has come to mean is "hard work." And, there has been a LOT of that in the first ten years of GotQuestions.org!
If you would have told me ten years ago what GotQuestions.org would become, I would have laughed at you. Look at the picture above. It is of the small one-bedroom apartment my wife and I lived in when GotQuestions.org was launched (sorry about the ugly bedspread, it was free). There, on that very desktop computer, in February of 2002, we launched GotQuestions.org, never imagining it would ever be anything more than a hobby. Obviously God had much bigger things in mind.
Over the past ten years, we have watched God expand GotQuestions.org from a hobby into one of the most heavily trafficked Christian websites in the world. In just the first five months of 2012, GotQuestions.org has received nearly 15,000,000 visitors. You should have seen how excited we were when we received our first question! It was "How do you explain the Trinity to an unbeliever?" Even now, over 321,000 questions later, while the excitement is different, we are still blessed to be entrusted by God to answer peoples' spiritually-related questions. It is a responsibility that we do not take lightly. James 3:1 is definitely on our minds.
I always tell people that if I could write my dream ministry job description, it would be doing precisely what I do every day. Since I am somewhat of an introvert, a friend once accused me of creating GotQuestions.org so that I wouldn't have to deal with people. While that was not my goal, it is a definite perk! Just kidding! We deal with people all the time, just digitally. You'd be surprised what some people will say in type that they would never say in person. Serving at GotQuestions.org is not without its frustrations. But, I love doing work that has an eternal purpose and has easily measureable results.
We started GotQuestions.org because I did not feel a clear calling from God into any of the traditional forms of ministry. I had graduated from Bible College and Seminary, and knew God was calling me into full-time ministry, but I had no desire to be a pastor, youth minister, or traditional missionary. I was serving in the shipping department at a Christian ministry, and was teaching a Sunday School class at a local church, but I knew God had more for me to do. So, my wife and I began praying, asking God to lead me to a ministry that would be the perfect fit for me. Essentially, I asked God for something to do with my spare time.
My advice to you — don't ask God for something to do with your spare time unless you really mean it. But, if you are seriously ready for God to glorify Himself by doing amazing and unexpected things through you, ask Him to give you a ministry that is a perfect fit for you. You won't be disappointed.
GotQuestions.org is the story of God taking a small and simple idea and transforming it into something big, powerful, and world-impacting. Who knew? Not me, that's for sure!
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