The Mantra I'm Living by Lately.

 
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Commit to the process.

That’s what I keep hearing.

I can be an impatient person. I’m obsessed with results, with growth. Oftentimes, I realize a goal I’d like to reach and I want it NOW.

I don’t think that’s uncommon, striving for desired results. I think that’s how most of us operate.

But here’s the thing. It’s hard to see progress when you're in the middle of it.

All I want are results. I want something measurable. I want to SEE that I’m gaining ground and that change is happening.

And that’s not so easy.

I worked really hard at being healthy and losing weight as we planned our wedding. Just a few short months later, I’d gained it all back. And then some. I felt uncomfortable in my own skin, like there was heaviness hanging off of me.

I haven't really felt right spiritually either. I’ve never been good at hearing God’s voice. But I used to see Him in everything. He’d speak to be through situations and strangers, nature and stories.

Somehow that faded. I miss it. I miss the way I used to experience God, the way I was aware of Him.

My heart and my body, neither in good places. I just keep hearing, commit to the process.

There are no deadlines here. There’s no number to hit or standard to meet or goal to accomplish.

Just don't stop moving.

Be better and don’t stop moving.

Don’t stop putting the effort in each day. Don’t stop seeking His face. Don’t stop giving your open hands to Him.

It’s kind of exciting really. I’ve always put stipulations on myself. Do this by this date.

Not that there’s anything wrong with measurable success. There’s just no deadline this time.

The goal is… be better tomorrow than you were today. Do the work. Run the mile. Lift the weights. Read the chapter. Say the prayer.

And you know what? It works.

I haven't exactly recovered my workout schedule, but Chris and I have cut a lot of stuff out of our diet. I've lost 10 pounds in 4 weeks just by altering the way I eat.

Commit to the process. Little by little. Day by day.

I'm developing a morning routine that looks like quiet time with God before the day begins. It's the discipline of showing up every day, whether I want to or not, no matter how tired I am, that makes the difference. Life feels like it's getting back into balance. My spirit feels full and refreshed.

Commit to the process.

You don't have to get ahead by leaps and bounds. You can't expedite the process. Do one thing every day that will bring you closer to where you want to be.

And let it be enough.