I suppose that I’ve had plenty of time today to write a post. After all, it’s really not all that time consuming to scribble out 600 – 1000 words. What I seem to lack is motivation. I keep thinking about writing, and almost immediately, I get distracted. Mostly it’s the thought, “Sheeesh, I’m tired.” I guess I did work the last couple of days, and they were fairly busy and active. If it’s not “I’m tired,” it’s something like, “My goodness, what a pretty day it is!” It has been, too. The sun has been shining, the air is fresh and sweet, the birds are chirping, and I spent a little while parked in the sunshine reading. Out on a moss covered rock, surrounded by bee-worked forget-me-nots – that was very pleasant!

I keep thinking, too, about what I need to do in the next couple of days. Tomorrow I need to do some grocery shopping, go watch Thor, and make sure I’m ready for the weekend, whatever that might entail. Guess I better figure that out. Shelah’s graduation is Saturday morning, there’s supposed to fun family stuff for a while that afternoon, and then there’s a graduation party here on Sunday. It’s kinda busy. It’s proving to be a pretty good distraction from writing a post, that’s for sure!

Still, I want to put something up. It does not have to be my best post ever. It does not have to be eloquent words of wisdom nor something so profoundly profound that your jaw drops at my insight. Nobody is brilliant all the time, and guess what? We don’t have to be.What is important is that we show up and keep trying. If I start letting myself be distracted away from regularly writing here, chances are excellent that I’ll stop posting altogether. If that happens, I certainly won’t be writing eloquent words of wisdom (at least not here!), right? Not persevering, not continuing on even when not inspired or otherwise lacking motivation, would rob me of the chance to practice, to gain new insight, to contemplate, and to do all the other things that blogging gives to me. A certain amount of consistency coupled with a willingness to occasionally produce a flop is helpful for growth.

In fact, perseverance is needful for all kinds of things in life. Sure, sometimes we get lucky and more or less spontaneously produce something brilliant, but a lot of times,  it’s a matter of practice. It’s a matter of showing up and trying, of getting up and going again after a tumble, of rewriting for the 9th time. I can’t even be particularly successful as a Christian without perseverance. Hebrews 12:1 says to run the race with perseverance. I Corinthians 13:7 tells us that love “always perseveres.” And how about this (I love this!)?

Galatians 6:9

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Perseverance = not giving up. About two verses back, Galatians mentions that we’ll be reaping what we sow. Planting good in my life and doing it diligently means that later on in life, the harvest I’ll have will also be good. That’s worth some bother, I think.

The other thing I love about this is that I don’t have to start out all kinds of wonderful. God seems to be very generous when it comes to handing me seeds to plant. It’s good, because new gardeners and farmers make mistakes in their planting. Planting or sowing isn’t merely a matter of throwing handfuls of seeds onto the ground and hoping for the best. Some seeds must be planted deeper than others. Some need more space while some are good with crowding. Some need more water or more sun or more acid or more alkalinity. The production of a really beautiful, vibrant, fruitful harvest will probably be the end result of lots of mistakes and failures as the new gardener learns and becomes an experienced gardener. The gardener who achieves fruitfulness will be the one who persevered. “Doing good” seems much the same.

I honestly think that it’s one of the most amazing things that God does for us. He helps us to learn and grow. It’s not easy, and I don’t always like Him for it, but, oh, how good it feels when I realize that, thanks to all the seeds and opportunities given to me by God, I’ve got this down, whatever this might be. It lends me confidence, in myself, in the process, and, most especially, in God.

This would be my ramble for the week. We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.