The Process


Some years ago, University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban crafted a philosophy known as "The Process."  Saban's idea was to teach his players to ignore the big picture---big games, championships, etc.---and to focus simply on doing the little things to the best of their ability.  

In Saban's mind, a single play, which lasts only a few seconds, could determine the outcome of an entire game, and consequently an entire season.  In other words, games and seasons, according to "The Process" are constituted by seconds. 

What Saban preaches to his players is to focus singularly on their job for the next play. And when his players do this, Saban's teams tend to win (much to my chagrin).  

Years ago, I got some advice from a college professor that I frequently bring to mind when I am starting to feel overwhelmed about the uncertainty of tomorrow.  

She said, "You need to be careful not to spend so much time planning and fretting over your future that you lose sight of the good things going on your present.  

Once, when Jesus was talking to his disciples about worry and anxiety he shared this with them:  "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."  

Granted, Jesus' teaching here was probably a bit tongue in cheek, but what he wanted his followers to understand is that you can spend so much time worrying about what comes next that you miss out on the importance of now.   

May you discover space in your day today to reflect on where you might see God at work in the moment... today... right now.  May you find ways to take joy, pleasure and find peace now, and leave tomorrow to the One who holds your future, and is already there in a place that has been prepared for you.  

And may the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you now and always. Amen. 


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