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One of the most important but undervalued matters in our lives is in the area of “process”. By nature we are selfish and want what we want when we want it. I’ve often illustrated this by referring to the new born baby. If the baby would wait to do his/her crying until morning when the rest of the family woke up, it would be selfless, considerate, and greatly appreciated, but its’ nature doesn’t think that way. They want what they want when they want it. That same nature is often seen in “adults”. I want to take a moment and help us consider the path, the process, or the long, slow road that you may feel you’re on and help you to value this as important. Sometimes the “overnight success” of others can bring you discouragement. Consider Moses who spent most of his life in the slow lane, before God positioned him for influence. Or Joseph who was alone, separated, & often betrayed for a long time on a slow journey before God placed him in leadership. Jesus modeled this best. For 30 years he was a common man, living in Nazareth. He was undistinguishable from other men in the eyes of his community. He was undiscovered. There was no throng of people lining up at the carpenters shop to touch Him or hear His wisdom. He was a simple man in a simple town and from day one was scoffed at with “Can any good thing come from Nazareth”? remarks. But it was in his ordinary days, his ordinary life that he handled the tools of the common man, boards, hammers, human responsibilities, communicating with people as they entered the shop that He “grew in grace with men”. I think the missing link in leadership is that too many “want what one has earned and not what one has learned”. My appeal to us is to appreciate the process. It is in the forming of our character and the reliance on God for our satisfaction that He is most pleased. Don’t by-pass your Nazareth. It’s a pattern so clear in scripture that almost everyone we admire in the Bible experienced it. Don’t look around at others and their journey, thank God for and grow in your place. Be alert to what God is doing in your life. Value the process. It’s God’s specific path for you and you’ll look back one day and treasure it.