Time. How do you measure it? Do you place timing on your blessings? On your purpose? The beginning of Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us that “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”
To me, this speaks process. Life is about process. My life is about radical obedience and process. I have been deliberately sowing very specific seeds to reap a harvest according the promises and purpose on my life. I can’t wait to share all of my blessings, but you have to “Wait Until The Finale” (blog post coming soon🤫). My focus is on taking the time to be present during the process.
Consider your goals. Just like starting out in college, we declare a major. That major is our goal. To obtain a degree in that major, we are given a curriculum that lays out pre-requirements to get to core classes— this is your path. Though you know the end result is your specific degree, you see the goal, and you know how to get there, but you can’t just snap your fingers and arrive there. You have to follow the process and “Take The Stairs!”
Process dictates that we go through a series of steps in order to achieve a particular end. Process takes patience and determination. You have to remind yourself of the promise or goal and not give up. Easier said than done, I know. Here are a few of the stairs I climb:
- Identifying the Promise
- Enduring the Process
- Respecting the Timing
- Fueling the Desire
- Achieving the Promise
The middle three are interchangable for me depending on the promise. When you know what the promise is, it’s hard to be patient and wait…. at least it is for me. I tend to think that I was born with acceleration as my spirit animal. I am impatient and always ready to make something happen. I have been in this place before where I was pressed to meet my goal and derailed my train. I was able to get the train back on the tracks, but that was also a process. Basically, I ended up with a process inside of a process —– that was stressful.
Here’s what I have learned: ENJOY THE PROCESS and let things take their course. I found that the greatest blessings come from being present in the moment. I am able to see smiles, learn new things, foster meaningful relationships. I stop and smell the roses.
Here’s what I plan to get out of taking the stairs: FULFILLMENT. I want to know what success looks and feels like. I want to know what it feels and means to be in love. I want to have that sigh of relief when the goal is achieved and know that I put in the work. I know that I will get weary, but I will keep on swimming.
What about you? How do you conquor the stairs of your goals? Do you believe in timing? Do you believe that things happen because you force them to?