Trust the Process. It’s a phrase that is pretty common in the sports world, most recently, with the Philadelphia 76ers.
You see, the 76ers have been bad. Really bad. For a long time. Here are their records from 2012-2016:
Ouch. Those records would make even Cleveland Browns, or Buffalo Bills fans squeamish. But these were their records. Along the way though, they championed this phrase. Trust the Process.
What was meant by this?
Well, from the outside looking in, it seemed as though the Philadelphia 76ers were going nowhere fast. Losing a lot of games, and for 5 consecutive years. But the management knew what they were doing. Thus came the war cry to their players and fans “Trust the Process.”
They petitioned their players and fans to be patient. To buy in. And that they would eventually see results. And so they did. The fans. The players. The organization. The city. They all bought in.
This was not the case from the outside. They were the laughing stocks of the league, and no one really believed in “the process” outside of the organization, but the team had a plan and they stuck to it. You see, each year that they lost all those games, they were stock piling top draft picks. No one from the outside could see it, but little by little, the 76ers were putting together a team that would compete, and that was built to last.
And well, the process worked. After 5 consecutive losing seasons, the 76ers finally put together a winning season last year that landed them in the playoffs. They finished 52-30 and made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Those top draft picks have now turned into all stars, and after many losing seasons, they finally have a team that is built to last. With 3 talented up and coming stars, with solid veteran leadership, the 76ers will compete in the Eastern Conference for years to come.
Now was trusting the process easy?
No. Lots of people questioned. Poked holes in. Made fun of this silly idea of “the process.” Even their own fans and players and coaches grew restless as the years went on. But it worked. It worked because everyone was on the same page. Everyone within the organization trusted the process. The owner to the general manager to the coach to the players. They all trusted the process. The bought in to this idea that one day all the losing would be worth it, and that they would reach their goals if they just bought in fully.
Similar to the 76ers, our lives as Christians is a process. A process that at times is grueling. Confusing. A lot of cutting down and shoring up. A lot of waiting and praying and waiting some more.
We, like the 76ers, have an owner, a general manager, and a coach. Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit. And they are encouraging us along the way to trust the process. To trust that all that is happening in our lives is being worked for our good. That even the hard things are growing us into the men and women that we are supposed to be.
There will be some hard seasons along the way. Years that feel empty and lonely. And in the midst of these difficult seasons, it can be a hard thing to trust our lives to the ownership and guidance of our management team. We may even begin to question the competency of our management and ask where they are taking us.
We can be assured though that they can be fully trusted. We can trust their process in our lives because they can see the full picture when we can’t. They know not only exactly where we are, but also where we are going. They know how to get us there. And once we get there it will be glorious. If we will just buy in to the promises they have laid before us, and stick to the game plan, the abundant life that is promised, will be realized.
Will you buy into the promises of Jesus, and submit to his authority and trust the process?
It will be worth it to buy into what Jesus has laid out before you.