July 10, 2019
Sunday’s sermon finished the series, “What Moves You?” To review the series, we are people of prayer, we value people and we pray and value with passion. Today, Pastor Selena talked about the process – being propelled by the process. She shared personal experiences, which brought a few of my own to mind, regarding how we get all fired up and then the fire fizzles. We get caught up in the mind games of I am not smart enough, I am not courageous enough, I don’t know the right things to say, I don’t have time, etc.
There is power in the process. “When we embrace the ordinary and surrender to the extraordinary, we will experience the astonishing.” This is such a powerful statement. It reminds me it is not an “I” thing as stated above. Instead it is a “we” thing. God will lead me. The focus of the sermon today follows this mindset. The Focus, “Your potential will contaminate your purpose is you don’t surrender to the process.”
It has always been very hard for me to be a part of a group project. We’ve all been there. There are always slackers (never intend to do anything), there are those who will do only what they need to do, and there are people like me. I have a plan, a timeline and remain focused until the project is complete. It’s the way I was raised. It is me. I don’t have patience for those who don’t share the same passion as I do.
I suppose with age, I have learned to tone down that ethic just a little. I have learned by encouraging instead of intimidating, my projects go better. Most importantly, everyone has different talents and I need to thank those people with talents I don’t have. When people feel appreciated, they are willing to go the extra mile.
Turning this process to a Biblical perspective, I now pray before I start anything new. I pray I will make a difference in one life every day. I pray for insight and how to be patient and say the right things.
Pastor Selena used a term from the very beginning of the sermon to the end- “Jumping through the hoops.” From a young age, I was taught you must be willing to jump through the hoops, or as I like to say, “Play the game” to get where you need to get. That sounds so trite, yet as a parent, Taylor heard this a lot and as a teacher my students heard a lot of, “Sorry, you don’t like this, but if this is what you want to do you will have to do the following….”
I truly believe some of our societal issues are based exactly on this principle – instant gratification and instant satisfaction. When outcomes are not instantly attained, feelings of anger, failure and low self esteem show themselves. What we need to remember is God works slowly. Only He can see the whole picture. He is looking at the outcome.
What do I need to do? Continue to slow down, take constant inventory of myself and listen to what the Lord is telling me to do.
Selena Freeman - July 7, 2019
Propelled by The Process
From Series: "All Messages"
Payree considers herself a bit of a random person who is full of life experiences. She is a retired teacher who helped deliver a baby on her 50th birthday. She loves God, her family, friends, music, writing, and smiling.