Say out loud with me, “God has my becoming.”
Say it again.
“God has my becoming”
Today, I can rest, because God has what I am becoming. Knowing where you are and where you are called creates tension in us. It stirs us up, and we do not know what to do with that uneasiness.
Before we go any further, we can rest here: God has our becoming.
Listen to the words of St. Paul in Philippians 1:6:
There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.
God uses process in our lives to change and shape us. And He is in the middle of it, working and moving. He cares about deeply about our process.
Do you own your process? Are you aware that you are in process? Do you lean into the work that God is doing in you?
Owning your process means you know that you are are called forward. You are to move from where you are to where you are called to be. Movement in the right direction is of critical importance.
Why stress this point of forward movement? Well, many people want the fast track to where they are called to be. They own where they are, and they can see where they want to be. They start with great passion and vigor. When they do not achieve their destination in 2 days, they find discouragement. They halt all forward movement.
You get the picture right? Consistent forward movement moves us towards our calling. This is what is means to own your process.
How do you participate in it? Take the next step.
As you read this, what is your next step? Remember, you will not arrive at where you are called to be in just a few days.
But today, you can fully be engaged in forward movement towards your calling by taking the next step.
I started this series of posts, by saying I was a control freak. I am a recovering control freak… recovering. The process of — 1. Knowing where you are, 2. Knowing where you are called, 3. Owning your process, and 4. Taking your next step — is meant to provide an alternative way to do life.
It puts us in a deeper state of being aware.
Aware of where we are and where we are going.
Aware that we are in process and that God has a hand in what we are becoming.
Aware that our part is to take the next step.
This deeper state of awareness is not passive. It is active. It is intentional, but it is not based on or in a command and control mentality.
As you own your process and take the next step, be aware also that this journey is not be done alone. We are called to be in process together. We need others along the road to help us. Talking about this 4 steps process works well in small groups or while sharing coffee with a friend. It works on long trips in a car while on your way to hunt or camp. It works while on way to vacation. It works well in late night conversations or around fires in the backyard.
We are all on the journey. We all need each other. We all need forward movement.
Take a step today in the right direction.
this is the fourth and final blog in a series, “Control the Control” – see yourfallowground.com for the first 3.