"It's not the result that is important. It's the process you go through, the things you learn along the way that makes you the person you are."
If you have not heard someone telling you this before, hear it from me - it is true!
Over the past few years, God has been teaching and molding me to understand what it means to do my best, and let Him do the rest. Whether as an employee or in my freelance business capacity, I have experienced many occasions of incomplete projects fulfillment and business deals falling through. What I have learnt through the process of it all, however, in itself deserves small celebration, because I have built new relationships and gained new contacts. I have also learnt not to expect everyone to meet my timeline, even when it means losing a business as a result.
Things take time, and even if delays lead to a sense of unfulfillment or the loss of monetary returns, it is worth it simply to understand not everyone works the way we do and not everyone has the same priorities. Our lives are in the Potter's hands, and it is not up to us to understand why many things in our lives do not turn out the way we want them to be. We may have gone through long processes to work towards a goal to achieve something, but sometimes at the end of it all, that something may turn out to be impractical, inapplicable, or not according to its intended purpose, or working the way you hope it to.
Take for example a book you are writing which you hope to make known to the world, but somewhere along the way, something happened that requires you to abandon your writing permanently. How would you feel? What if, as an employee, you have worked extremely hard for a project, and just when you are ready to launch the end product, you are told by your boss that the project has been abandoned? How will you react? Do you blame God for not letting you achieve what you have set out to accomplish, or do you see God's way of molding you through the whole process, so that you are ready whenever called for to do the task for someone else, or for the purpose of God?
Many of us live our lives believing 'what we do is what we get', but in God's equation, what we do may not necessary be what we will receive at times. Although, there is much truth about reaping what you sow, and being rewarded when you do good, or be punished when you do evil (2 Corinthians 9:6; Galatians 6:8), it is ultimately up to God to decide what is best for you and I. Moses' life is a good example of what this means. He has to go through the wilderness as a shepherd before he is ready to do the task of God, even though long before that he feels ready to do the task as a prince.
What we need to do therefore is to realize our place on earth. Our task is to do our part in the process, to learn what we need to learn as we are molded in the Potter's hands, leaving God to decide on the result.
I [Paul] planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. (1 Corinthians 3:6-7 NAS)
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Sometimes it takes us a long time to make the discovery you've made. But the learning of it is very important; it means we are more in tune with God and can be an example to others. We can also find greater satisfaction in what we do, knowing that God is the Potter and we are in His Hands. I like your article.
You have an insight that many people never see. I like your reference to Moses. He was a good example of this. I was hoping for a little of your own personal experiences that taught you this lesson.
Great thoughts! Keep writing.