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Can you believe VISOR is now 5 years old?

How we’ve reached this point is NOT the work of our hands

An early version of VISOR before the launch. PHOTO BY VERNON B. SARNE

Today is the fifth anniversary of VISOR. Just like that and a fledgling digital-media startup whose focus is on mobility and transportation is already half a decade old.

If I’m honest, I will tell you that I used to wait for this moment. When we went live at almost 6:30pm on November 6, 2017, all I could think of was how quickly I would ‘reclaim’ the ‘throne’ I had lost. As if I had a throne in the first place.

We started out with a five-year business plan, which I had no idea how to implement. I had been an employee all my life. What did I know about profit and loss, operating expenses, or taxes? I was blessed with generous and kind business partners, but I suspect they just took pity on me and accompanied me through what must have been a pointless adventure to them. All I knew was that I had to get back my former “rock star” status.

So, it seems this is the perfect occasion for me to blow my horn and show everyone that…I did it. And as if on cue, a former teammate asked me this last week:

Our EIC would have answered this question differently had he not found his way back to God. IMAGE FROM FACEBOOK

I haven’t gotten back to her for the answer.

I would have delighted in answering such a question in the past. The problem is that it turns out I can’t answer it. What I used to assume as the work of my hands and the product of my mind is actually just on loan to me and to our team. I came to realize this when, first, we almost closed up shop at the start of the pandemic, and then, second, when I very nearly died after having a cerebral aneurysm.

“Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; in Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.” (1 Chronicles 29:12)

What I used to assume as the work of my hands and the product of my mind is actually just on loan to me and to our team

I meant to write grand stories about this milestone. I really did. But I just want to honor God today. He is the only reason our brand—our company (No Glare Media) and our website—exists. I thank Him for the opportunity to glorify and serve Him. That’s my only purpose in this world.

I originally intended for VISOR to give me popularity and relevance. But I know better now.

“Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.” (Psalms 73:25)

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.