The value of written processes

Yesterday, I added a video to the “about 300 words” page here. After I shot the video, I wondered what program I needed to use to convert the file to a format I could edit. It had been a few weeks.

I went back to document I created in September that listed the transfer process for each of my cameras. The process took just a few minutes.

Last night, I started making caramel corn for the people I work with. I do it every year. And every year I have to find the recipe and remember the tricks. Except two years ago I wrote out the steps and the tricks and posted it. Last night I printed out the instructions and was back in the flow.

Sometimes I forget how to follow Jesus. I know, it sounds odd. Until, of course, you think about the four-year-olds you know who simply forget to pay attention to the person they are supposed to be following through the store.  They get distracted by shiny objects.

At those times, I need to remember what to do. And I think that Peter (yes, Peter the disciple, the determined, the denier, the devoted) understood children getting lost. And so gives us a path forward.

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Quit pretending you understand. Quit making everyone miserable. Quit blaming everyone else for your choices and problems. Then, pursue the basics that will help you grow.

For example, go back to the first few pages of John and read about Jesus inviting people to follow. Or simple pray “help.”

9 thoughts on “The value of written processes

  1. Travis Guthman

    I just subscribed to your blog today, well, yesterday now. This is a great post, thank you. As busy as life is, it’s very helpful to have a reminder of the simpleness of the Gospel. A reminder of what I need to be doing. Daily. I too get easily distracted by shiny things!


  2. Rich Dixon

    And even your list of steps and tricks won’t help if you’re watching TV and answering email and texting when you’re supposed to be paying attention.

    Why do you think that even those who believe are so easily distracted?

    Why do we insist on reinventing the formula instead of following the One who already figured it out?


  3. Caryn

    Last night, my teenager asked me if other teenagers are struggling with the things he’s struggling with. Todd and I told him YES, and that adults are struggling with the things he’s struggling with. That we’re never “done.” He said, “So, it’s a marathon…” Yep. I’m going to show him this post. Then it won’t be coming only from the parents. Thanks for being a conduit. God is working through you.


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  5. Joseph Ruiz

    As usual you are spot on Jon, it is like spiritual sports, always comes back to fundamentals, discipline and good coaching. Thanks for allowing the Spirit to use you to help coach me. 😉

    I especially relate to the shiny new objects statement I’m so easily distracted!

    Grace and Peace


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