Ha! This post has been rumbling around in my head for over a week. I just really have not had time to sit and type it out. Why not? Because the processes going on have kept me from getting to the point. 🙂
Anyway, I have been reminded over and over again in the past few weeks of this concept “The Process Is the Point.” What do I mean by that? That we all set goals and have desires we are striving to accomplish. However, just as important as achieving our goals is the process in which we strive for them. The journey, and how we travel it, is as important as the destination.
Life is a race, not a sprint, but an endurance race. Lots of people start out at a sprint but quickly fall to the wayside. It is amazing how many verses in the Bible refer to life as a race and how we run that race.
1 Corinthians 9:24–27 (ESV)
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.
25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.
27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
Hebrews 12:1–3 (ESV)
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
Just look at how many things are given to us in how we are to run the race in these verses.
1. Run to obtain the prize (1 Corinthians 9:24)
2. Exercise Self-Control (1 Corinthians 9:25)
3. Do not run Aimlessly (1 Corinthians 9:26)
4. Discipline my body (1 Corinthians 9:27)
5. Keep my body under Control (1 Corinthians 9:27)
6. Lay aside every weight (Hebrews 12:1)
7. Lay aside sin which clings (Hebrews 12:1)
8. Run with endurance (Hebrews 12:1)
9. Look to Jesus (Hebrews 12:2)
10. Do not grow weary or fainthearted (Hebrews 12:3)
Those principles are important no matter what goals we are striving for. I could spend quite some time looking at each concept and how we are to achieve them. But right now just take whatever goal or accomplishment you have before you and see how these apply in that situation.
Now you might ask “Aren’t you taking that out of context? See those verses are talking about how we run our life of faith and how we strive for Christ and the goal of eternal life.” Yes, that is right, they are. But then every other goal we ever have should be such to aid us along to achieving our ultimate goal. If our personal desires and goals are not such that they will aid us in achieving our ultimate goal then maybe we should reevaluate them.
The Lord is just as concerned with how we go about accomplishing our goals as He is with whether or not we accomplish our goals. The process does matter. I can spend all day cleaning the house and getting it ready for showing hospitality. Yet if in the process I allow sin to have dominion and affect the process have I actually accomplished my goal? If I am short tempered with the kids or allow them to misbehave because I’m too busy to discipline, then sin has hindered my goal. For some reason it seems the Lord often allows things to occur which potentially hinder us accomplishing our goals or at least give us ample opportunity to sin and get sidetracked.
We don’t just grow as we check off our checklist of goals in life. The Lord helps us to grow by stretching us along the way. He gives us plenty of opportunities to choose to do right even when things do not go our way. The whole process or journey is a source for growth not just the end point.
See the The Process Is The Point Series