So one day after I post about posting every day, I miss a few days in a row. It happens, but like I said, I catch them up sooner or later. Through the marvels of modern technology, I can “travel back in time” and drop this into the right order, even if it’s three days late. Robert Burns wrote a poem Which stated, “the best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry,” and I can attest that this is true. Things don’t always turn out the way you plan them, but there are often things we can do to make it up.
Again faithfulness is huge. I write this three days late at 2:31 a.m. Unable to sleep because of a minor health annoyance, I got up and needed a diversion until the need for sleep returns me to bed. Thoughts took over and the kernel of an idea was formed. “The best laid schemes…” from there, I began to write. Somewhere along the line I came up with the ida to post every day. The commitment is as much to myself as it is to you. It keeps me accountable. It keeps me thinking. It keeps me on task. It’s not an obligation. No one dies if I miss a day. The world keeps turning. Life goes on. People will still create. I am under no delusion of my own importance. I just know how I work. Miss a day and I will miss two, or three and after a while, I start to wonder if it matters. From there the slope gets steep and slippery.
The fact is, I believe it matters. I believe creative ministry is my call from God and I believe that because of that, I need to bring my best to it. My best requires discipline. Discipline is a side effect of faithfulness. Those things we do daily become habits. Sowing the best I have into the world at any given moment in the hopes of helping and encouraging someone else is one of the best things I can do with my limited time on this planet. I’m sure sometimes I will miss the mark, but tomorrow is another day and on that day I will once again give my best for that day. Sooner or later, I will hit the mark.
My prayer is that these things will hit home with someone, that for at least one person I will write something they needed to read. Something that will bless them. Something that will spur them on to love and good deeds. If that happens, it’s a success. If not, tomorrow is another day—another chance to make an impact and as long as God allows, I will make the effort.
Some days you just have to accept that life is unpredictable. But to every day, bring your best.
The best laid schemes should always be focused on doing good.