Trust the Process
Today I want to talk to you guys about a growing problem in our world. Part of the problem has been the instant gratification that our phones give us on the internet with social media and texting and all that stuff. Now, I also want to be clear that I struggle with this same thing. I do not want to pretend like I have this whole thing figured out and I am just preaching at you instead of speaking with you. I am just talking about what I have noticed and what has helped me in my own life. What I want to talk about today is patience. The patience that we all struggle with around the world. This has been a problem forever, but it does seem to be getting much worse. I think patience is one of the most important parts of faith, right? Believe in the odds even when people tell you that it is impossible. Some of us, I have noticed, do not even believe in the odds even when it is the most possible thing to happen. If it does not happen immediately then we do not have enough faith or enough patience to wait and find out.
The problem with patience reminds me of what it means to have a gardeners mindset. I remember going to Little Rock, Arkansas to see my grandfather and he taught me a valuable lesson. Bless his soul, he is not around anymore, but he taught me a valuable lesson about having patience and about having faith. Because even though we know that with faith that a lot of it is “seeing the unseen” but a lot of us think that faith is like seeing it and then believing it, or at least that is how we act. So when I went to visit my grandfather in Arkansas when I was a kid I remember that my grandfather had this garden. He grew up on a farm so he was a farmer and a gardener, although I was far from that. But he had this garden, and I remember every time I would go there I would be so intrigued by the process of planting that seed and watching that seed grow. You see, I am a firm believer in life now that every seed you plant will grow, whether it is a positive seed or a negative one. Whatever you plant will grow. I remember the first time we planted seeds out there and two hours later I checked to see how the plants were growing but there was nothing there. I remember telling my grandfather that we must have done something wrong because it had already been two hours and nothing had grown, and my grandfather said, “Trent, just be patient and trust the process.”
I remember checking it again a few more hours later and there was still nothing there so I was sure that something was wrong this time, but again he said, “Just be patient and trust the process.” Months later, when I came back to visit my grandfather he took me out to see how well it had grown and he told me that our seeds had come to harvest. In life, we need to have the same mindset for what we cannot see. If we plant the right seeds, then we just need to be patient and trust the process.
It all starts with you.