Over the last couple of weeks, I have found myself reflecting on this year’s successes, failures, seized opportunities and those I missed in an effort to ensure I make the most of the new year. I’ve thought about moments when I embraced where God had me. Good moments like starting the blog, helping women find their purpose, a couple of speaking engagements, even having one of my writings published. Things I never saw coming! But I have also mulled over how I handled those times when life did not line up with my expectation. There were times when I allowed frustration to overwhelm me. Times when I frowned because it did not look or feel like God was working all things together for my good. Even times, after hearing God’s promises for my life, I wanted to give up on “the process.”
You see, everyone is talking about this thing called “the process” but few are equipping us with the tools necessary to stand with unwavering faith as we go through it. One thing I’ve learned this year is when you pursue God’s purpose for your life, “the process” is quite unpredictable. Pastor Sheryl Brady confirmed this as I read a transparent account of “the process” in her life in Dr. Samuel Chand’s book, Leadership Pain. She tells of her and her husband starting a ministry in Nashville. Over time, the ministry did not flourish the way they expected and led to depression, feelings of defeat, even financial hardship. They prayed that “the process’ ” expiration date would come sooner than later and at times wanted to quit. After much prayer, time, and sacrifice, the Brady’s realized God’s purpose was not for them to plant a successful church; instead, “the process” was intended to make them better leaders. God’s greatest lesson in that season of their lives was to teach them how to and how not to lead in ministry. Brady says, “I thought my painful position would destroy me, but it was really just a place for my personal preparation.” Today, Pastor Brady serves as the pastor of The Potter’s House of North Dallas.
Oftentimes, the path to our destiny is contrary to everything we think it should be. Just when we think we are going to ease on down the road, potholes, barricades, and detours we never saw coming begin to appear. Let me warn you to not make the mistake I have made. There were times when I allowed Satan to use “the process” against me. With every pothole, Satan told me God was not for me. With each barricade, Satan tried to convince me to give up. With every detour, Satan tried to comfort me by telling me a glass half full was better than no glass at all. But I’ve learned half full versus half empty is irrelevant when you know God has promised you overflow!
In the days, months, and years to come, don’t give up on “the process.” This year may have presented a number of challenges and I will be honest with you, other challenges will come, but each experience we go through is called a life lesson because the knowledge you gain is not only for today but for life! Know that God is simply preparing you for greater!
Remember, the new year will only unveil a new you if you allow the lessons learned during “the process” to make you better not bitter.
Today, I ask you to share this message with everyone you know. Don’t allow those you know and love to give up. A simple share, forward, or repost could enable them to carry on through “the process” and ultimately, reach their promised land!