A Great Start

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So…here I am, sitting alone in my empty classroom, just 30 minutes away from turning in my final writing portfolio for the Fall-2018 semester of writing class CRTW-201. Eastern Michigan University welcomed me back into the swing of college gently by tossing a straight pitch for me to wallop out of the park. I mean, it was writing. This is what I do. That’s not to say the class was easy. In fact, my instructor–Jesse Eagle–challenged everything I thought I knew about writing characters, scenery and drawing the reading audience into the story.  I honesty believe I’m leaving this class a better wordsmith, than  when I began the semester.

I think the class did more than boost my confidence in my ability to write. You see, until about mid-semester, I wasn’t 100% sure the act of returning (to EMU) to finish what I’d started was set in stone. There was a part of me vying to squash the vision of earning my degree, after so many years of starting and stopping. But, I think the Lord reminded me to focus on one step at a time, rather than the long journey ahead. One class session; one week; one assignment; one month; one semester; one more class completed toward the goal. When I took that approach, you know what happened?

I did it. I finished one class.

Heck, if I can complete one class, then I can surely complete another next semester; maybe even two. That leaves 11 to go…

It’s a great start.

2 Timothy 4:7 (NLT)–“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.”

Milestones

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Maybe it’s a certain day, set to commemorate a life changing event. Perhaps it’s a particular number representing units sold, pounds lost, or days sober. It could be something small in the grand scheme, but monumental on a personal level.

A milestone.

The day I gave my life to the Lord wholeheartedly, changed the course of not only my life, but the lives of my family as well. Figuratively speaking, I turned direction and never looked back. I never will. That’s what a milestone reminds us of. It’s a destination reached and for many, a point of no return. It let’s us know that we can achieve the dream, if we stay the course despite obstacles.

When I decided to “try” writing for the Lord, my mindset was already focused on failure, even though I believed my gift was God given.

“Nobody’s gonna wanna read what I’ve got to say,” I thought.

So I set a bar that, at the time, seemed impossible to grasp: 100 followers. That may not seem like a lot of followers to some of you awesome bloggers, but it was a start for me. We have to crawl before we can walk, and milestones help us to gauge that progress.

“Okay Lord, if 100 people follow my written work, then I guess I belong here.”

Last night, my little corner of the massive blogging world picked up its 101st follower. Whatdaya know; I am a Christian writer after all. A hundred and one folks say so. I reached my first milestone. It may have taken a few years to get here, but I made it.

Set goals friends. Reach for the stars. Do what you love, and don’t ever look back because eventually your talents will make room for you. And use milestones as ladder rungs to continually hoist yourself up…up…up.

What’s next for me? 200 followers and a second book.