Kevin’s Conversations: Trust the Process

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  1. Michael says:

    Kevin,

    I love this one…well done!

  2. I coached a bunch of kids from Philly this past summer……they all trusted the process 🙂

  3. Disillusioned says:

    Coming from someone with a “broken foot,” the Process currently involves screening every single voice who claims to speak for God to see what they REALLY believe. As my dad was fond of saying, “Talk is cheap.” By their fruit you will know them.

  4. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Kevin, very good article. So where are the Phillies in The Process? 😉

  5. JM says:

    While I have no trouble with this article, I would also like to say:

    Disillusioned–I support your careful approach.

  6. Josh the Baptist says:

    I hate this article.

    The Panthers and Hornets have both been “in the process” for over 20 years.

  7. John 20:29 says:

    what a wonderful post, Kevin… hope that declaration doesn’t jinx it

    “…..Experiences and emotions and circumstances often spread all across the spectrum. Some of us may recover from that broken foot and become greatly strengthened and emboldened in our faith. Others of us may never again have full healing in that foot, or we may keep experiencing other injuries and the only way we make it is because Jesus carries us……” AMEN

    process and event are two terms we’d all do well to get straight in our heads… i say that because we tend to let events – good or bad – call the shots, losing sight of the process that is our life, our whole mortal life…

    i confess to being a sometime NCIS fan – last night’s story centered around a pithy old saw: “when you’re going thru hell, keep going” my problem is when life is a little slice of heaven, i want to stop right there, doesn’t work like that either way, does it? this life is a journey 🙂

  8. Bob Sweat says:

    I think the Dodgers have been “in the process” for years now! All the money in the world can’t buy a World Series Championship.

  9. Kevin H says:

    Thanks all for the kind words….. except you, Josh. 😛

  10. Kevin H says:

    MLD,

    The Phillies are in the point of the process where they are 2-3 years away from beating the Dodgers in the playoffs again (if the Dodgers are even around the postseason anymore by that point). 🙂

  11. Josh the Baptist says:

    Eh, it’s a good article…”trust the process” is just a sport’s sore spot for me 🙂

  12. Kevin H says:

    Disillusioned,

    We may encounter many voices who claim to speak for God, but whose purposes are opposed to God’s purposes in His process. Even so, God finds a way to redeem those circumstances to still bring about His good purposes. In the meantime, those voices of deception sure make things harder for us.

  13. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Bob S & Kevin H —- ouch!!!

  14. For several years I’ve been trusting the process in regard to the Utah Jazz.

    This year the dividends are starting to pay off.

    The reason I was willing to be patient with the process was because the Jazz brought in Dennis Lindsey as GM and Quinn Snyder as coach, both with ties to the highly successful San Antonio Spurs.

    With these guys at the helm both in the executive and bench roles, I’ve been willing to endure the growing/learning years.

  15. Michael says:

    “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
    (James 1:2–4 ESV)

    The process has a purpose…for the Christian the trials and tribulations of this world are not simply random, but are crafted for our eternal good and His glory.

    We can “count” it all joy even when it feels more like torture because we can trust the One whose purpose in us is being fulfilled.

    As one in the midst of many painful processes at the moment I have to keep these truths front and center…

  16. Truth Lover says:

    “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11

    Key words: FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN TRAINED BY IT. We are not always trained by our hardships. Many times we waste them and don’t grow. We need to be more aware of learning to cooperate with God and grow from our trials.

  17. Dan from Georgia says:

    Bob Sweat (#8): That’s for certain. The Twins one two MLB World Series trophies because of near-flawless defense, good pitching (e.g., Jack Morris’ 10 inning shut-out in 1991), and opportunistic hitting. They were no where near the top in payroll.

  18. richard says:

    here is what i think is God’s “process”

    “But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”
    ‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭3:8-9‬ ‭NASB‬‬
    http://bible.com/100/2pe.3.8-9.nasb

  19. Disillusioned says:

    Kevin,
    The “voices of deception” are not easily recognizable. Sometimes they’re all wrapped in Scripture that’s been twisted and tortured…

    So so hard to trust the process sometimes…especially believing that these trials are somehow all part of God’s plan.

  20. John 20:29 says:

    the miracle is that God’s plan can continue to work even as we go through life and our own process of events, whether by our own foolishness, our position in this fallen, corrupted world’s drama as it plays out – or even because, like Job, God found us worthy of a personal test from the evil one, himself…
    it is a miracle that God’s plan covers all contingencies and it did so before time began here…

    of course, God wanted us healthy and happy and living in a garden of delight with just the perfect right mate… but events changed all that and shame on the prosperity teachers for making us feel that we’ve fallen short because our lives are not all roses and lollypops now

  21. JM says:

    As an aside, John 20:29, it is interesting that prosperity teaching shares its roots with the cult of Christian Scientism. The fruit of both makes you responsible for every bad thing that happens in your life. If you follow these teachings faithfully, you can be rewarded with a wonderfully, guilt-ridden life. Praise God that the truth can set us free from such slobber. Praise God that he made you astute enough to have figured that out.
    Here is a small bit of information on the subject: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Word_of_Faith

  22. John 20:29 says:

    interesting trail, JM… thank you

    while i do concede to the positive thinkers that our attitude has a great deal to do with our “luck” and i’m all for positive thinking, i don’t think that the Bible would call that “renewing our mind” …
    i prefer to follow the teaching that we renew our minds as we focus on the things of God and we do that most efficiently and accurately by time in the (written) Word – no matter the attempts to downplay its veracity, i think the Book is a miracle – alive and powerful 🙂

  23. JM says:

    John 20:29, Can’t argue with any of that. As the Brits would say, “Jolly Good!’

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