I offer a sermon of your choice
at Cookies and Carols each year
The winning bid will get a voice
in what they’d like to hear.
So I talked to the Smiths, whose bid it was
that topped all the others that night
And asked, “what would make your heart skip, or buzz
or maybe just give you a fright?
There were several thoughts they had that day
When I asked what they wanted to do
And on one perhaps there’d be something to say
Was a sermon on “following through”.
But I didn’t want to just give you a line
as important as I thought it might be
I wanted to try something special this time
and to do it while rhyming, you see.
So what does it mean to “follow through”
to be done, to finish, complete?
All too often the tasks that we started to do,
we stop short of those tasks at our feet.
So as I think any good researcher should
I consulted great Google for something good
that I could give you, or what you should do
and ideas that would help you in following through
and I found 5 pointers on the net
To achieve the goal you might want to get.
Step one, they say, was to be very bold
and have a grand vision of your goal
When you’re honest about what it is you’re seeking,
the steps to get there will need far less tweeking.
Understanding the sacrifice is step #2
and realize there’s only so much you can do
Being unrealistic just isn’t much fun
if other things that should be, aren’t done.
“Just do it” won’t work, the article said
you must plan all the steps and look far ahead
list all the moves, figure out what you’ll need
And get ready to set yourself up to succeed!
Step 4, is for deadlines to know when you’re done.
Breaking down all the steps one by one
then decide when each step really must be completed
so procrastination won’t be repeated
Be serious, they say, about the promise you make
Don’t say you’ll do something and then kinda flake
be honest, Don’t make promises you know you can’t keep
it’ll get you in trouble and you’ll loose lots of sleep
So often you get this wonderful thought
and on this idea, you chew it.
But then we forget to remember we aught
to ask, “who’s gonna do it?”
It seems such a good idea at the time
and we get all excited to see
when someone’ll make it all come out fine
as long as that someone’s not me
So if you’re not able to do the task
or help lead a group who can
what makes you think somebody else should ask
another woman or another man?
So if a project is what you see
as needed here, it’s true
Please come on by and talk to me
and I’ll say what I think you should do
But I’ll probably tell you our lovely Board
is who you must ultimately ask
Which committee or person should not be ignored
Is their job, their duty, their task.
We have a lot of committees, it’s true
with opportunities abundant to serve
But if in our zeal to forge ahead
we sometimes might hit a nerve.
We forget to ask, or the Board will say “no”
on a task we’ve contemplated
we’ve started already, we’ve gotten to “go”
and now we are really frustrated
Or maybe it’s something that you have been asked
or the Board is hoping you’ll do
And you have said “yes” to what you’ve been tasked.
Although you don’t want to, it’s true.
There are so many things that need done
and too few of us here to do it
still if the thing that we do isn’t fun
than perhaps we should simply eschew it.
The tasks that we do help our fellowship fly
here at UUFS in our town
Stick to following through, whatever you try
and you won’t let the other folks down.
In golf, or in bowling or even in darts
you have to get past those tricky parts
and whether you’re going to swing or to throw
following through will help a great deal, you know.
We all want to give, and giving’s good
It’s important and loving and true
But whether you give solid gold or cheap wood
just make sure that you’re following through!