“Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving. Give in proportion to what you have.” 2 Corinthians 8:11 (NLT)
Written By: Bethany, Pastoral Care Team
Everyone wants to be trustworthy. That’s one reason failing to follow through is a miserable experience. You know how it goes. You see someone you’ve made a commitment to, but haven’t kept; so you scurry past, head ducked, hoping against all hope they won’t see you. Or you think, “Oh yeah, I’ll do that tomorrow.” But then tomorrow, you forget. We all do it from time to time. Following through can be hard.
I mean well, but I wonder if sometimes I make commitments a bit carelessly. At times, I can get swept up in the excitement, the vision, the moment. Or perhaps I’m just too busy to keep the commitments I make. Whatever the reason, I struggle to be faithful with follow-through.
So, I’ve implemented four strategies to help me keep my commitments. Maybe you’ll find them helpful, too:
1) Don’t make a commitment you aren’t sure you can keep.
It seems like a no-brainer, but don’t be fooled, probably is not a thought that yields excellent results. Take at least a day to think it through. Look at your planner. Exactly where, when, and how will it fit into your schedule? Then bounce the idea off a friend or spouse before you make a decision.
2) If the task will take less than five minutes, do it right away.
Think of how much grief we can eliminate if we implement this one strategy alone! Pick up the phone and make that call, schedule that appointment, or send that text.
The “five-minute task” is also a perfect opportunity to follow through on praying for others. For example, if you tell someone you will pray for them, do it as soon as you finish the conversation. If it involves a prayer need for a specific event, make a note in your planner (i.e., “Pray for Cindy’s meeting on Tuesday at 9 a.m.”).
3) Write it down.
In your planner, on your calendar, on a gum wrapper—whatever—just get pen to paper so you won’t forget. With today’s packed schedules and frenetic pace, if it isn’t written down, it usually doesn’t register. (This strategy has helped me the most.)
4) Schedule an appointment with yourself.
Chunk out time to knock out the project, write the thank you note, take that walk around the neighborhood, or read your Bible. Consider it an unbreakable appointment. When the day and time arrives, don’t analyze it, do it. Then sit back and reap the sweet fruit of a job well done.
Friends, choosing faithfulness is important. It reflects how we view God and our accountability to Him. It also sends a message about the importance with which we see others (1 John 2:5). Take heart! Since God is faithful, we have the power within us to be trustworthy, too. Through the Holy Spirit’s power, and a few simple steps, we can model His faithfulness in our follow-through today.
I’m going to go ahead and give it a try. Then the next time I see that person I’ve made a commitment to, I can hold my head high, look them in the eye, and smile.
1. What about you? What strategies have helped you with follow-through?
2. What will you start doing today to improve your follow-through?
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