The Fruits of Follow-Through

“Find your passion.” “Do what you love.” “Know your calling.”

These are a few of the phrases you get used to hearing when you attend a Lutheran, liberal arts college.

But what do they mean? How can we achieve these lofty goals?

To quote the children’s movie, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,

“Just put one foot in front of the other.”

In all seriousness, though, this is great advice. I find starting to be the most difficult part of any task. So why not focus on building up that motivation to begin?

Another delightful quote tells us, “Once begun is half done!” ~ Mary Poppins, and I’m inclined to take on that mantra for the purpose of productivity (and sanity).

I have a lot of interests, so when starting this project, I thought it would be most rewarding to pursue a variety of tasks. However, when 10 o’clock rolled around, and I still hadn’t done my drawing for the day, I realized the discipline is much more difficult to cultivate.

With that said, this week has taught me a lot about follow-through. When you set your mind to something and others rely on your accomplishing it, you feel markedly better when you take even one simple step in the right direction.

Moving forward continually challenges me to reflect on what I am truly passionate about and what I hope to get out of these 100 days. It’s almost a formula:

Time + Effort = Rewarding Experiences, Interactions, and Learning

Following through on this is teaching me not only about creativity, but about myself, about influencing others through the written word, and about sticking with something.

I’ll share one last thing with you before I let you get on with your day:

Set aside time to write, do silly brainstorms, laugh at yourself, learn about what motivates others, think, create, and live for what you believe in. Following through on this challenge will bring you rewards beyond what you initially expect, and it’s fun, too!

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17