Don't miss the progress in the process

12.3.15 - Don't miss the progress in the process

Greetings! I hope this blog finds you doing well!

A few weeks ago I was having a conversation with a friend about working hard and burning the candle at both ends. Towards the end of our conversation I pointed out that I had been going to the gym consistently for several weeks in a row. I shared that I made a decision that regardless of how late I stay up; I will be getting up at 4:30am to head to the gym.

My friend replied with something that I have never heard before.

“You are so disciplined.”


I literally laughed out loud! I was not laughing at my friend, but the comment seemed hardly applicable. I can say that I have been committed to the gym for the last 9 weeks now, but for the majority of my 32 years on this planet, discipline, especially when it comes to my health was never on the radar. Then God reminded me how far I have come.

August of 2008 I wrote my first blog post. I started blogging originally to stay accountable, share updates on my weight loss journey and encourage others in the process. My highest weight recorded in that first blog post was 450.5lbs. You can read that post HERE.

This picture is a screen shot from the my fitness pal app on my phone from this week.

As you can see I logged in July 1st, 2014 that my weigh in landed at 400lbs. This past Monday I weighed in at 361lbs. Most people would point out that since my first blog post in 2008, I have lost 89.5 pounds. I think that is a pretty good accomplishment, but when I look at this graph I have a hard time looking at the weight loss. My eyes go to the peaks where I gained weight first. Then God spoke to my heart again, which leads me to the reason for my blog post today.

“Don't miss the progress in the process!”

I included the (!) because I felt like God was really trying to bring this home for me. God and I both know that I have not arrived, but we also know that I am not where I used to be. Even though discipline and me were far from friends, my life is changing. I am finding a new normal, and God is walking with me through the process.

The Apostle Paul, a hero in the Christian faith spoke right to this struggle…

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,” Philippians 3:12-13

Just in case you missed it Paul said…

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on…”

Press on friend! It’s ok to not grow content with mediocrity, but don’t forget about where God has brought you from! Don’t settle, but don’t walk around like a failure either. Sometimes our failures can cripple us. Press on. God is not done with your story! Stop focusing on the failures and rejoice in the progress!

We are all in process, and we are all in a different place in that process, but as my friend Chris says, don’t get lost in the sauce.

Keep going and be encouraged! No matter what you are working towards or dreaming about, don't miss the progress in the process! And don’t forget to say thank you as you continue on this journey that we call life. God is faithful in every season, and He is proud of you. Don't miss the progress in the process.

-jimmy akers   

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(Some of this blog post content came from the message, Survive and Thrive in Transition - 11.29.15. If you want to listen to the entire message, click HERE.)