† It’s a Process

Have you ever set a goal and decided in your heart that you would see it through this time? Have you ever tried something entirely new that seemed to change your life in ways you never imagined? The changes were not all wonderful, and at times you felt as if you wouldn’t be able to continue on—let alone enjoy life to the fullest? Sometimes you felt like you had accomplished your desired goal, and then the next day you seemed to struggle at everything you did.

There was a season in my life when I kept children in my home for parents who couldn’t afford to stay home with their little ones.  It was a very difficult time in my life, because I felt that I had a skill-set that could really be used in corporate America.  Little did I know that God was using that season in my life to shape my character and to help me better understand what mercy really meant.

There were days, I thought I would die—if I had to change another diaper, wipe another dirty nose, or listen to another strong-willed child tell me off.  This was something I had never done before and after a year or two, I must admit, I learned a lot about myself, and I became a better person because of it.  Starting off was difficult.  At the end of most days, I felt like a failure, but soon everything became a little easier.  It was a process that I had to work through in order to get it right and to keep the children safe while in my care.

Being saved is a process too.  It’s something that we will never obtain overnight.  No, it takes practice and a whole lot of trial and error.  Somedays we’ll get it right and other days, not so much.  Sometimes we won’t feel like we’re making any progress at all, but if we allow the process the work itself through—we’ll eventually achieve our desired goal.  What you can’t do is give up or stop trying to be a better you.  You must get up the next day and continue working through the process.  Anything worth having should be worth working for.  You may have a rough day today or a not so successful week—but relax and remember “It’s a Process”. It will come and you will figure it out and even on those most difficult days remember—you’re “Still Saved!” (Read Matthew 24: 13 and Revelation 3:5 KJV).

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