Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Why Consistency Matters

I want to draw attention to a phenomenon that I am sure that you have noticed also. People are really inconsistent.

Sometimes they are inconsistent in their attitude- they may be personable one day, and mean the next. They may be happy one day, and sad the next.

Sometimes they are inconsistent in their actions- they eat right when they are trying to lose weight, but eat horribly when they are not. They exercise when they feel like it, not when they should.

Sometimes they are inconsistent when it comes to their spirituality- they only reach out to God when they are in crisis, or when they need something from him.

Inconsistency is not good. There is little benefit in it. Why? Because it is reactionary in nature and does not produce any real lasting results. It may change your circumstance for a moment, but in the long haul, if you do not become consistent, you'll never see the change that you really want to see in your life.

Let's be honest- don't we all have areas of our life that we are trying to improve? Things about us or our circumstance that we want to be different? If that is the case, then consistency in our endeavors is the key.

Here's a verse about spiritual discipline that lends credibility to personal discipline- Hebrews 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Its hard to be disciplined. That's why most people aren't. But those who give themselves into it, find that they have a more fruitful life than those who choose to not have any discipline in their actions, thoughts, words, or spiritual walk.

Find something today that you can start to be consistent with. It may not be every day of the week, but maybe just 4 times a week. Watch what kind of an impact that it has on your life. I guarantee that it will produce results in that area because you will be giving it the attention that it needs.

And here's the kicker- don't stop once you see results. Continue it forever. Make it a discipline in your life and watch how it will change you completely.

Be blessed, and consistent.


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