My mission for Jessie B. Ministries is to inspire and empower women to create healthy habits to unlock and extend their influence for Christ. I believe one of the important topics to our success in creating those healthy habits is the topic of the processes in our lives.
John Maxwell once said, “If the process if right, the product is guaranteed”
Is this true?
I believe it is. The Bible gives us an outline of this and guaranteed outcomes for our lives.
If you raise your kids in a Spiritual atmosphere and teach them well, then they will not turn form it and be a blessing on your life. (Proverbs 22:6)
If you love the Lord your God, with all your heart and soul and mind, and you love your neighbor, you will live a healthy life. (Mark 12:30)
If we ask, it will be given to you. (Matt. 7:7)
If we seek, then we will find it. (Matt. 7:7)
If we knock, then the door will be opened. (Matt. 7:7)
If we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our hearts. (Psalm 37:4)
It is fascinating the keys the Bible gives on how to live a healthy and spiritual life. Now, think about this Biblical outline through the filter of your own life?
If our process of eating clean is right, then losing weight is guaranteed?
If our process for spiritual growth is right, then our walk with Christ is guaranteed?
If our process for parenting is right, then our children living a healthy & happy life is guaranteed?
If our process of our marriage is right, then our marriage is guaranteed?
If we follow the right process the product is guaranteed, but what if you have a process and you still are not reaching your desired product?
Two reasons why you may not be reaching your desired outcome:
1) You need to double-check your process.
How did you come up with it?
Is it one you can trust?
Have you used it before and achieved a different outcome?
Do you know people who are using this process and achieving the outcome you desire?
I have discovered after five years of this process, that if I get up 20 minutes early every morning, then I will have more time to be alone to hear from God, to read my Bible, and pray. The product of that creates more peace during my morning, then if I start my day with opening my email, checking social media, or responding to a text.
I know when I start my day in peace then I am more likely to have peace and more attentive to God’s voice throughout my day. That is a process I trust and works for me.
Another example, is my example of working out. This has been one I have had to double-check many time. I had to find the right type of workout, the right time of day and the best time during the week.
I have discovered, the process of going right after work and 4x/week, creates the product I desire, which is maintaining my weight and giving me grace during those nighttime cravings. That is a process I trust and works for me.
2) Are you leaning 100% into your process?
There are processes in our lives that there are no shortcuts. To think that we don’t need to be disciplined or tell the truth to have a healthy and whole life is completely false. It doesn’t work that way.
There are certain things we can’t short cut. We can’t shortcut our integrity, financial integrity, authenticity, or morality. We maybe able to fake it for a season, but eventually the product will come out.
Have you ever known someone with an outwardly healthy life, but eventually his or her whole life fell apart? The process was wrong and something was off from the beginning. The lie became a bigger lie, which eventually became a life.
If you are not reaching the product you want, it might be time to look for a new process that you can fully lean into and trust.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask God. What is the process He wants for you to lean into so you can love Him well?
If the process is right, the product is guaranteed.
If you do the diet, you will lose the weight.
If you do the work of faith, you will have a life of faith.
If you do the work of trust, you will have a lifestyle of trust.
Our goal should be to create stable and trustworthy processes in our life so we can live a healthy and productive lifestyle that extends our influence for Christ.