Sip #4 Joy in the Process
Welcome back, friend!! It is a joy to meet up again for a new coffee cup convo. Come on in and have a seat.
Today I want to talk about something that is one of my favorite things to work on, process. Coffee, my favorite beverage of choice, has quite the process. I was amazed that it takes at least 15 steps to produce one cup. I thought to myself, there has to be an entire global and local operation that is dedicated to the process of making coffee. What seems so simple and small in a cup, takes 100’s maybe even 1,000’s dedicated to a process for the end result.
As we take another sip, I am grateful for those that worked so hard for us to enjoy it, but I can’t help but think, WOW, life is a process with many steps as well. As I look at my life, I constantly have to evaluate, adjust, and be flexible to ensure I can get to my end result….and I have to be mindful to celebrate the wins, no matter how small, in order to have joy in the journey. It is not something that just happens but an action that must be built into the process. The question I have for you friend is, as you are walking out your life, are you finding joy in the process?
It is so incredibly easy to wake up, work, and repeat. I found myself falling into this horrible routine of going through the motions. Then I was challenged by this verse in the passion translation:
“Put your heart and soul into every activity you do, as though you are doing it for the Lord himself and not merely for others.”
Colossians 3:23 TPT
As I read this passage I realized something, Jesus would want me to have true joy in my calling and the process of growing and maturing daily. He wants my all because he gave his all freely to us. No matter how many steps, changes and modifications to the journey there are, I must find joy. Even as Jesus faced the cross, the Bible declares, ‘for the joy that was set before him.’ Jesus found joy, even though Calvary was brutal to his body, he endured it all just for us!
Through the process in my life, I have learned to enjoy the wins on the mountain tops AND the lessons in the valleys with joy. Today, I challenge you to do the same. Find joy in the life assigned purpose God has for you. Use all of your life to the glory of God with joy!!! As we finish our cup, I will leave you with a quote that impacted me profoundly…
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything You gave me.”