“The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.” – Charles Kuralt
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. – 1 Corinthians 15:58
Consistent: “marked by harmony, regularity, or steady continuity: free from variation or contradiction” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary
There is definitely something to be said for consistency. It’s not always easy, being consistent, but it’s almost always easier than the alternative. And it almost always has its rewards. For years I didn’t go to church, not because I didn’t want to, but because I wasn’t consistent. I went when there was nothing else I wanted to do and when I felt like it. That equalled pretty much never. We all know how to be consistent. We consistently go to work. We consistently watch our favorite TV shows. We… But we often consistently fail at the most important things. Why? Family, Relationships, God, why aren’t we consistent in those things? Is it because there’s no paycheck involved? Is it because there’s no enjoyment involved? The answer is something we’ll have to figure out for ourselves. Too often we abuse forgiveness. Our families will forgive us for not being near. Our bosses won’t. God will forgive us for not having a relationship with Him. After all we’ve earned an entertainment break. But from God? In fact God will forgive us. And we do need to take breaks. Work is important, but so is purpose, so is relationship, so is God. What’s the point of a great job if it destroys our family? What’s the point of a relationship if we spend no time in it? What’s the point of God if we don’t need Him? The things we’re not consistent in, will become things of the past. That’s why work lasts our whole lives. We’re consistent in it. That’s why TVs are always around. We’re consistent with them. And is that why families often fail? Is that why, in a country where about 70 to 80 percent of people claim to be Christians only about 15 to 20 percent make it to church? “But I get paid for work.” Is pay the only thing that’s important? “I need time to myself.” When that time comes at the expense of someone else, is that selfish? “You don’t need to go to church to have a relationship with God.” That’s true, but do you have a relationship with God? “My husband is a jerk.” Was he a jerk when you used to spend the majority of your free time with him? I know this is harsh. And I know it may not apply to you. But it does apply to me. And maybe something I didn’t talk about applies to you. It takes purpose to be consistent. We can easily name the purpose of the things we are consistent in. What about the things we know are important but fail to be consistent at? Do we ever think of their purpose? Very few will ever remember that you never took a sick day off work. Chances are, more people will remember you for getting them sick at work. And it may be that very few people will appreciate how good a parent you were. But the most important people will. Maybe no one will care about your relationship with God. But then again. With its ability to transform the type of people we are, I think most will appreciate it. Even if they’re unaware of it. We have the ability to change lives through what we’re consistent in. However, it takes purpose. I pray that we see the purpose in the most important things in life. I pray that purpose brings consistency. And I pray that consistency brings blessing.
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,