“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” — Romans 8:28-29
It seems as of late that more and more team leaders in pro sports are talking about trusting the process — the concept of learning, training, practicing, playing together and building team chemistry. If we give our all to the right process, the process will lead to opportunities to achieve our highest goals.
Sometimes though, during the process, there is a tendency to lose faith because of the adversity we face. But the Lord has promised to stick with us in the difficult times as He uses the pressure of life to transform our character.
God tells us to stand firm during times of adversity, trusting in Him alone, and to respond to our circumstances in ways that bring Him honor and glory. In NBA terms, we would say, “Learn to practice and play the right way.” In spiritual terms, we must learn to fight the right way. “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does” (2 Corinthians 10:3).
Don’t give up and don’t give in. God is using the trials and troubles of our lives to break us and shape us into the men and women He wants us to become — people of faith, courage, justice and grace. Be encouraged and take God at His Word. Trust the Lord’s process.
— Jerry Birch, Cleveland Cavaliers chaplain
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