LIKE A CHILD: Process, not Product

Diane n FatherI have just enjoyed 2 marvelous weeks with my 97-year-old Father. Though showing some typical signs of aging, he is still in good health and has a clear mind. He loves to discuss Mennonite history, family history, politics and current issues especially in the church.

About five years ago, he attended a seminar on aging where he heard that doing puzzles helps keep one’s mind alert. Since then, puzzles have been his main “occupation.” So of course when I visit, he wants help putting a puzzle together.

Father is always anxious to finish the current puzzle he is working on. When it takes too long, he gets frustrated. But when completed, he waits one or maybe two days, then takes it apart and starts another one. father puzzle 2“So what is the point?” one could wonder. Certainly the point is not to achieve a complete picture that will be saved for its own sake. And as much as there is a drive to finish, the purpose cannot be to finish — or one would not want to start again! So we can only conclude that the goal of putting together a puzzle is to enjoy the process of doing it.

The activity of children is the same. Children play for the sake of playing, not for the sake of producing an end product. An adult (might) paint a picture in order to have a product that they can sell; a child will paint a picture in order to enjoy creating with paint.

Our walk with the Lord is also much the same. So often we think that God will be impressed with what we accomplish for Him. We want to achieve and have results to show for our efforts. But God just wants us to walk with Him. He can get done whatever he wants to get done with or without me. Wow! Really? Yes, really. But He chooses to use me, because he wants to take me on a journey of walking beside, learning from, communing with, and listening to, HIM.

If we focus too much on what we are doing for God, we will miss the point. As my friend, LaVerne Kreider always reminds me, “It is all about the journey.” It is the process of living with God that counts.

~ Diane

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About Omondis In Kenya

Ibrahim and Diane Omondi serve on the DOVE Christian Fellowship International Apostolic Council, giving oversight to the region of Africa. They have been ministering together in Kenya since 1984 and now oversee the work of more than 100 congregations in four nations. They also give leadership to the missions thrust of DOVE Africa which includes 14 Kenyan and Ugandan missionaries serving among unreached people groups in these nations. The Omondis direct Springs of Africa, a non-profit organization sponsoring micro-finance, community development and various education initiatives.
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3 Responses to LIKE A CHILD: Process, not Product

  1. Donna Downes says:

    Excellent posting. As a caregiver for my 92-year-old aunt, I have learned just to be content with what she loves to do rather than setting her agenda for her. Sounds like your dad is experiencing the same grace from you. Your presence must be so delightful to him, just as God delights in our desire to spend time with him. Wonderful and thought-provoking post, Diane.

  2. Thanks, Donna. It is good to hear from you. We love and miss you!

  3. Pingback: Like a Child: Living in the Moment | omondisinkenya

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