“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 3:14 NIV
Back in the day when I would have called myself a competitive athlete, the thing that I had the desire to strive for more than anything was consistency. I wanted to be a consistent player and do the things in practice and in my personal training that would make myself more consistent. To consistently have the kind of statistics that would best help my team, I needed consistent effort, consistent preparation and had to strive for consistent improvement.
Usually two or three times a year, I like to take some time to myself to evaluate the past year, and to pray and set goals for the New Year or the mid-year. It’s something that I have tried to do for the past 30-31 years. Through that, it’s been neat to look back and see what God has laid on my heart and my mind.
For the couple of times I’ve been able to get some time by myself this year, the message of the moment has been, you guessed it, “consistency.”
It has become clear that God wants me to be more consistent in life. Calling me to be more consistent...
... as a follower of Christ
... as a leader at home and at work and all places in between
... as a husband
... as a father
... in my role as godly father and husband at home
... in helping my family (and friends) go deeper in their faith walk
... in me going deeper in my own faith walk
... in personal fitness and exercise
... even in getting a consistent night’s sleep
... in consistent bedtimes
... in consistent responses
... consistently fighting off sin and evil
... consistently putting on the full armor of God
... consistently taking up my cross (daily) and following Jesus
... which means consistent prayer, consistent reading and memorizing His word, and consistent devotion and accountability.
Striving to be consistent takes consistent effort and dedication.
As we face the rest of this year personally and professionally, let’s consistently pray for one another that we will be all that Jesus has called us to be and to become.
Keep the Faith... Carpe Diem
“See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.” - Hebrews 3:12-14 NIV