Think Processes (not outcomes)
As we approach a new year, we are often encouraged to make resolutions. If these resolutions are for our betterment, there is nothing wrong, and a lot right, with the practice. The problem occurs when we think of resolutions solely in terms of outcomes. We do far better to think in terms of processes. You see, all worthwhile outcomes are determined by hundreds of smaller processes over a period of time. My goal of reading the Bible through in 2015 won’t be accomplished by one big decision, but with 365 smaller decisions. The spiritual challenge is far less trusting God for eventual outcomes, than daily submitting each desire, temptation and impulse to Him. These submissions become prayers “for daily bread” and lead to a true relationship with God. When we give God our daily processes, our long term outcomes are assured.
-Rev. Shane L. Bishop is the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois.