Rule #16 Frequency is more important than magnitude. Event vs Process.

Two things happened this last week worth noting for the 10K challange. I fully realized I don’t want to work out. And I'm getting better at it. This is step 4 of change, of the marathon. Failure. I neglected my workout and I'm at the cusp where I'm seeing a genuine benefit. Now is the most important time to continue working out. Now is the first real moment that will make or break the this commitment. Thanks to the encouragement of my friends and my wife, I've managed to overcome the first failure and take advantage of the first step of growth.
 
This last piece of rule 16 is almost a rule of itself. I pulled the phrase from Tim Elmore, a leadership and discipleship teacher. It probably existed before him but he made it real to me. The event sets you on fire, the process keeps the fire going. To build a fire you must collect materials, assemble them correctly, then create enough energy to create the sparks or flame. Then carefully tend the tiny flame until it moves from tinder to kindling. Then the process slows down. The fire is producing its own heat and energy. You must continue to provide it with fuel but after spending nearly 15-30min of constant attention now only need to toss a log on every couple hours. Built properly a camp fire can be assembled with limited fuel, lit, then left unattended for 12hrs or more. But the process of starting that fire is the same 15-30min of intense focus. 
 
When it's time to change, time to initiate a new challenge, to embark on a journey, the start is big, flashy, and loud. But if that is where it ends it's worthless. I spent several years in my early Christian discipleship seeking to understand and be a small part of revival. A revival in this sense isn't a "special service" but an undeniable outpouring of the holy spirit and tangle presence of God resulting in  mass conviction, conversion, and repentance of believer and unbeliever alike. It’s a beautiful thing. But contrary to many of the books I read, and teachings I heard, revival is not an end of itself. It is an event meant to spur a people, give them life, and send them out. Revival is an event, not a lifestyle. Revival, true to its name, "revives" or starts a fire. But once the fire is going it does not need 24hr, 7 day/week services to keep going. In fact  if that was the case the fuel would burn faster than it could be obtained. Then it would burn out and everything gained would be lost. Man was not meant to live in revival. I remember in the history of revival books I read that industry would stop for days at a time. While that might work for consumer products, if food production and farm work stopped for several days it would be a very real problem. People could starve, livestock could die or stop producing. That revival would cost a community it's life. Revival is an event meant to do the hard work of starting the fire so we can keep it going through daily life. As one of the sound guys at my church my supervisor told a story about revival breaking out in his church when he was very young. But no matter how much passion and devotion he had it just didn't hit him. He heard the teaching and loved Jesus and prayed. All the right things. But never once did he have that sweeping moment where he fell out under the holy spirit. Turns out it's a common story, especially among sound engineers. Imagine what would happen if a church experienced an outpouring of the presence of God but all sound, music, and pastoral leadership ended. Chaos would destroy the moment. So Sound engineers have a sort of special anointing to be resilient to these types of moves.
 
This is not just an emotional principle, it’s a principle in physics. Try to move a fully stocked red-rider with 2 kids in it on a flat surface. Not easy. It may take a good heave to get it moving. But once its moving, you can probably use one finger to just sort of guide it along. It's called moment of inertia. It's the reason long trains have 4 engines on them. 3 to get them started 1 to keep it moving and 1 in case one of the others break down.
 
There are hundreds of example of event vs process so I created a little table of some of my favorite examples and applications of it. 
 
The take away is don't try to live in the event. You'll burn out. You will not be truly changed as it is not sustainable. Instead let the event encourage you and live life through the process of daily sustainable devotion.