A friend from Facebook issued an interesting challenge the other day. He related it to business opportunities, but I think it’s applicable to every aspect of life.
Enjoy the process.
Just a short statement. But powerful.
I have to confess, a lot of times I don’t enjoy the process. I’m too impatient to get to the finished product.
I noticed this the other day when I was painting. I dabble with watercolors, and I find that I get really anxious as I’m doing it.
I think, why did I paint that there?!?
Hmmm. This looks pretty terrible.
I don’t think I like these colors.
It takes me until I’m almost finished before I enjoy what I’m doing.
Before I decide that it doesn’t look too bad.
In fact, it kinda looks good.
Hey, I’m enjoying myself!
Some of the inability to enjoy the process has to do with my critical inner voice.
But some of it also has to do with this tendency I have to constantly project all of my hope on the future. As a Christian, of course, my ultimate hope is in the future. To that one day when heaven and earth are finally and fully reunited.
Yes! We’ve got a glorious future, but it doesn’t mean we have to side-step the present.
The psalmist reminds us so eloquently:
This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
I love that this verse says each day is worthy of rejoicing. I believe each moment is worthy of rejoicing as well.
Rejoicing in each day leads to rejoicing in the moment which leads to enjoying the process!
Now I just need to remember that.