The “Process” (How God Used Nick Saban’s “Process” To Teach Me A Lesson This Morning)

Posted: April 3, 2013 in Articles, Freedom, Religion
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Nick Saban, head coach of the National Champion University of Alabama football team understands and preaches something that too many Christians struggle to understand but that God in my study this morning impressed upon me and wanted to make those of us in the faith aware of and that is that it is all about the “process”.

No matter if you are you’re an Auburn fan and loathe him, an Alabama fan and love him, or no matter if you are like so many others in the sports arena that have become so envious of Saban’s accomplishments not only at Alabama but on mostly any level that he has coached at; one thing that you have to admit if you’re being an objective person is that Nick Saban has the “it” that many people strive to have in their lives whether “it” be coaching in the NCAA, running the family business, competing in the marketplace, or most importantly successfully achieving growth in our walk as brothers and sisters in Christ.

It’s no coincidence that Nick though tough, outspoken, brash (at times), and super-focused is also an unabashed believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and though his detractors often jokingly refer to him as Nick “Satan” if a brother or sister in the Lord would take the time to view this brother through the prism of faith they would then see that he is guilty of nothing more that utilizing the talents and gifts that the Lord God has blessed him with to the best of his ability and thus his diligence in the pursuit of excellence and the accountability that he holds himself and the people that surround him to not only on the field but in how he strives to make the young boys that he is chartered with stewarding into mature, young men is admirable to say the least.

Having said all of what I just said I was still somewhat perplexed this morning that in my quiet time with the Lord this morning that God had me so intensely going back through my memory to something that Coach Saban often refers to in many of his media interviews and that one, simple word that kept flowing through my head is the word “process” and anyone who has directly or indirectly followed his career knows that he speaks of this word endlessly when describing what his teams are trying to achieve and as a brother in Christ no doubt he uses the “process” as a roadmap in his walk as a Christian.

What is the process? Well, in an interview with the New York Times College sports blog (http://thequad.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/05/saban-is-keen-to-explain-process/) he explained “the process” as follows”

“Well, the process is really what you have to do day in and day out to be successful,” he said. “We try to define the standard that we want everybody to sort of work toward, adhere to, and do it on a consistent basis. And the things that I talked about before, being responsible for your own self-determination, having a positive attitude, having great work ethic, having discipline to be able to execute on a consistent basis, whatever it is you’re trying to do, those are the things that we try to focus on, and we don’t try to focus as much on the outcomes as we do on being all that you can be.

“Eliminate the clutter and all the things that are going on outside and focus on the things that you can control with how you sort of go about and take care of your business. That’s something that’s ongoing, and it can never change.”

Saban added, “So it’s the process of what it takes be successful, very simply.”

During my quiet time this morning I struggled to understand why God had me focusing on this man and his “process” this morning and then Lord then enlightened me that this “process” is similar to what we as brothers and sisters in Christ can look to as an example of some of the characteristics that we can ask the Holy Spirit to build in us to achieve exponential growth in our walk with Christ.

The “process” that we should strive to follow as a roadmap just as Coach Saban’s has in football is proven to produce results as it was given to us by the Father Himself through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Our “process” should be to pray, ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in everything that we do, study God’s word, assemble ourselves with “like-minded” people so that we can hold each other accountable, repent and ask for forgiveness when we miss the mark, learn to walk in God’s grace and mercy and show it (mercy and grace) to those that surround us, practice living a “Christ-like”/”Christ-centered” life, and most importantly develop a trust in and of God concerning all things in the physical and the Spiritual.

When we diligently allow God’s “process” to take hold of our lives and apply its principles daily in all things we can expect success in all that we do even when to the world we may look unsuccessful because of it’s different definition of the word and their lack of and even disdain for the ways and the wisdom of God.

So many coaches and others look at Coach Saban with envy for all of his success and even accuse him of achieving what he has achieved when in reality the smart thing to do would be to seek him out, study and apply the principles of his “process” in their own programs in their own way, attempt to learn from both his successes and mistakes, and talk to those that have surrounded and worked with him to find out more about his character and way of doing things.

The same envious spirit that is often directed at Coach Saban in athletics is the same that is prevalent in many Christians who instead of focusing on their growth and walk with God often become envious of the person who is a mature Christian who is stable in all things at all times.

Instead of acting like the devil by being envious, jealous, and accusatory the person who desires a deeper relationship with the Lord should get their eyes off of the brother or sister that they envy and go through their own “process” and do the things that breeds success that no doubt the more mature Christian has spent time in doing.

I’ve found that in most cases that if the envious brother or sister had to walk down the road that the person that they are envious of or “bear the Cross” that the mature brother or sister did, or put in the hours of study, prayer, and sacrifice that the brother or sister did they may then see them in the proper light and then choose to look at the brother or sister properly as the example that God has given them to see as a guide and as a resource to draw upon instead of someone to be sinfully jealous of.

These things include but are not limited to the things that we spoke of in a previous paragraph like praying, studying the word, etc., but also making better choices when the opportunity is presented by God yet the first choice should be to repent and ask for forgiveness for the envy and jealousy that is first and foremost killing their spirit because it will most assuredly hinder any growth and the person that will not do this will always be a “babe in Christ” instead of developing into the man or woman who God intended to be.

The choice is yours because no one can make it for you but for myself I will continue to do as I have done and work the “process” because when I got saved I looked first to God but I looked at the mature Christians that surrounded me and sat at their feet as a child and God poured His heart out through them into me and they showed me how to serve and God used them to bless me as I learned how to become a blessing to others which along with an eternal life with a Loving Heavenly Father is the true end game to the “process” of walking a meaningful and successful life as a child of God.

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

(Note: One thing that I would like to add is that too many Christians in the Alabama vs. Auburn rivalry commit the sin of besmirching people on either side by being hateful to the point of unrighteous anger and the same can be said throughout any sports rivalries today. Do you not know that you are a Christian 24/7 and even when you are supporting your sports team? There is nothing wrong with a little good-natured ribbing (it’s part of the character that God gave us BTW to lighten us up with each other!) so have fun, support your team (even aggressively) but always remember that at the end of the day that some of your opponets in these game of sport are your brothers and sisters in Christ and our actions should relfect that. If we as Christians practiced this daily then their would be no Harvey Updykes in the world. I’m must saying!)

Ref: http://thequad.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/05/saban-is-keen-to-explain-process/

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