Last week at the Florida College Lectures, I briefly encountered David Tant as we were entering Hutchinson Auditorium. He smiled and said, “I see you’ve still found time to write your blog while you’re down here.”
As an off the cuff response I answered, “Yes. I’m addicted! It’s a habit!” I was kinda joking, but there may be more fact than fiction to my retort. Just ask my wife, Norma Jean!
But my “obsession” that began just over two years ago when time, opportunity and circumstance came together has now resulted in my 600th post today.
So, how do you write 600 posts? Several thoughts come to mind that remind all of us that success in any worthwhile endeavor has several common components.
(1) It began with a Commitment.
Nothing happens until you make a commitment. This is true in writing a blog. In a relationship. In your spiritual life. In your marriage.
W. H. Murray expressed the power of commitment this way.
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness concerning all acts of initiative and creation. There is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans; that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen events, meetings and material assistance which no one could have dreamed would have come their way.
(2) It Demands Self-Discipline.
This means to take control of your mind. Your emotions. Your habits. Self-discipline conquerors indecision, channels enthusiasm, and directs your actions. It is the ability, as Thomas Huxley expressed it “to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done whether you like it or not.”
Writing involves certain daily discipline, or it just doesn’t get done! But isn’t that true of most everything else in life?
Self discipline gets us out of bed in the morning. Prods punctuality. Practices self-denial. Welcomes responsibility. Accepts criticism. Breaks bad habits. And shapes character.
3. It Requires Action.
It was Goethe who correctly observed, “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” Or as the old Nike commercial urged, “Just Do It!”
Author and motivational speaker, Jim Rohn says, “Don’t let your learning lead to knowledge. Let your learning lead to action.” If you have a good idea, a noble aspiration, and worthy goal, then be proactive. Take the offense. Seize the moment. Then act.
(4) It continues one day at a time!
How do you write 600 posts? One at a time!
Yes, it’s kinda like the old cliché “How do you eat an elephant?” One bite at a time! Well, writing is that way. But so are most things. Aren’t they?
You read a book one page at time. You quit smoking one day at a time. You lose weight one pound at a time. You save for retirement one dollar at a time. Very little that is worthwhile comes all at once.
The key is to do today what you can today and don’t worry about tomorrow. Jesus, in His timeless Mountain Message taught, “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Too often we become overwhelmed with the enormity of a project. We procrastinate when we become deluged with doubt. Or overcome with fear. Or overpowered by perfectionism. If we wait until we are totally sure, feel completely comfortable, and have all the details worked out, then we may never begin!
(5) It’s accomplished by doing your best with what you have.
I realize there are other writers who are more skilled. Who write with greater eloquence. Deeper intellect. Wider perspective. And better grammar! But if we allowed those characteristics to dictate our actions, then only five talent people would write. Minister. And Preach.
So, we do the best we can. Each day. And use whatever talents, skills, and abilities we possess to glorify God.
Thanks to all our readers who have encouraged me. And motivated me to keep on going. And make me feel like we’re making a difference.
Now on to 700!
Ken Weliever, The Preacherman