“Quality is not an act but a habit.” So reads the banner which hangs in the warehouse of a trucking company where I serve as a corporate chaplain. The mantra, I’m discovering, holds equally true whether we’re talking about marriage or parenting or writing.
Woody Allen put it another a way when he said “95% of success is just showing up.”
Which is why I loved stumbling upon this post by another aspiring writer, who made her own discovery about what distinguishes great writers like Ray Bradbury from the rest of us. “Showing up to write,” she seems to conclude, is more important than the talent with which one is born.
I can’t help but think the same might be said of following Jesus. It’s not a one-time act. It’s a habit, 95% of which is as simple as just “showing up,” even when you’re not feeling like it.