The definition of process is, "a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end."
We live in a world that wants immediate results without walking through the process. Things and events in life need to undergo a process. We live in a world that wants the end result without taking the steps that are needed to achieve the end to it's most genuine outcome. So many people would rather have a sloppy end if it means not having to walk through the process but Jesus wants more for us. He wants us to have the end result of a diamond and not the end result of a pebble.
"Look, I have refined you, but not like silver; I have purified you in the furnace of affliction." Isaiah 48:10
So many times we get discouraged with ourselves because we forgive but that relationship isn't back to normal in a snap. Our hearts have forgiven but the mess is still there. Sometimes people confuse forgiveness with purification. The process starts with forgiveness but if it ends there then the mess was never cleaned up and we are bound to slip and fall on what was spilled on the ground.
So many times we get discouraged because we finally know what we want to do with our lives but that degree doesn't just magically appear in our hands. The process starts with deciding what career we want to have but if it ends there then we just stay stagnant in the hopes and dreams we have for ourselves only to never actually live in them.
So many times we get discouraged because we finally want to quit that addiction that binds us and holds us down but those longings and temptations are still there. The process starts with wanting to quit an addiction but if it ends there then you are only left with a desire to quit as you still partake in that addiction.
So many times we get discouraged because these things we desire don't just fall right into our lap. We think if we forgive, if we have a dream, if we want to live right that it will just happen. The truth is, everything in life is a process. A process that sometimes we choose to not go through because we allow fear to take root and then we give up.