Process, Not Results

Wendy Vander Well, Doug DeWolf (Dean De Haas) and Jana De Zwarte (Marian De Haas).
Wendy enjoying the rehearsal process with Doug and Jana.

You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen….
Ezekiel 2:7a (NIV)

Wendy and I have often conversed about our love of process as it relates to the theatre. As actors, we love the process of character development and scene exploration during the rehearsal period perhaps more than we enjoy performing in front of an audience. Don’t get me wrong. Performances are wonderful and intoxicating, but they are often a very momentary high. In the rehearsal process you grow, you make new connections, you explore new challenges, and delve to new depths in ways that stick with you long after the final curtain falls on a production.

I found it interesting this morning that God tells Ezekiel to speak the words given to him without regard to the results. Ezekiel was not to worry about whether people listened or not. He was not to concern himself with huge Billy Graham style calls for salvation. The only thing Ezekiel was to concern himself with was being faithful in the process of listening and speaking. The results were not his responsibility, nor were they an indicator of success or failure.

These things were rattling around in my head and heart this morning as I prepared to walk up to my office and write this post. I’ll admit that there are days that I question why I write these posts each day. It’s Monday. I didn’t sleep particularly well last night. My morning feels fubar-ed before it ever began. Arrrghhhh. Who cares? I confess that there are days when I feel quite profound and the response is the internet’s equivalent of crickets chirping. Other days I feel like I just puke something on the page in order to hit “Publish” and be done with it and someone, somewhere replies that it was just what they needed to read that day. Go figure. Whether you’re a prophet, a preacher, a poet, a playwright, a blogger, a writer, a songsmith, an actor, a filmmaker, a dancer, et cetera, or et cetera the truth remains: It’s about the process. The results will take care of themselves.

Happy Monday. Grind it out.

7 thoughts on “Process, Not Results”

  1. 5 And whether they listen or fail to listen—for they are a rebellious people—they will know that a prophet has been among them.

    There’s a big difference between listening and ignoring something that doesn’t matter to you or listening and ignoring something that is designed for you to hear. The consequences are always significantly different. We have been dealing with a 14 yr old who seem to think he doesn’t need to listen to a teacher when they give an assignment. Huh? To us that’s a no-brainer. To a 14 yr old, he knows it’s a teacher, yet at times needs to learn the connection between focusing on EVERYTHING they say and the fact that things will be due based on what is coming out of their mouth. Let’s be in tune….to know if something is designed for us to hear.

  2. Just the kick in the pants I needed. I’ve been rationalizing that I don’t have time to write every day because of the theatre work. But I also need to be true to the process of writing. I understand the Mondays but, yeah, I needed this today. Thanks.

  3. Thanks for grinding out your posts…God uses your nuggets of wisdom and encouragement to make me a better husband,father,and friend!

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