Process or Outcome?

Every Sunday morning I get to the church building really early and walk through the parking lot and around the auditorium praying for the people who will show up to worship and praying that God would bring those who are longing to hear the good news about Jesus Christ.

Last Sunday, as I was praying my regular prayers, a thought hit me out of the blue…

I’ve been leaving something out of my prayers.

Something very important.

I had been praying that God would bring us more and more people (and nothing’s wrong with that).

But what I should be praying for most is faithfulness.

So, I prayed that God would make our church family faithful to Him, His Will, and His Purposes.

If we are faithful to who and what God has called us to be, He will give the increase.

I was focusing my attention on the outcome I wanted to see instead of paying attention to the process.

But we often do that, don’t we?

Even when we know better.

If we want to lose weight, faithfulness to the process will produce the outcome we want.

If we want to save money, faithfulness to the process will produce the outcome we want.

If we want to learn a new skill, faithfulness to the process will produce the outcome we want.

As Jon Gordon wrote: “Don’t focus on the numbers. Trust the process. When you keep doing things the right way, eventually the numbers will rise, the wins will come, and the outcome will happen.”

Sometimes the key to getting “unstuck” is to shift our focus.

So, what are you focusing on?

Do you, like me, need to start focusing more on the process and trust that the outcome will happen?

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