On The Other Side of ConsistencyIf there is one thing that I struggle with, one thing that holds me back, it is the lack of consistency.
Consistency matters but only in the things that matter, right?
I can rattle off to you every aspect of my life that feels like it falls short of glorious and lack of consistency is what keeps it from being so. Maybe because it's not meant to be so.
Some other words for consistency would be words like diligent and rigor. Neither of those sound much like me at all.
kiss my babies.
hug my husband.
feed the dog.
The list of things I consider myself doing well could grow quite lengthy.
So why do I let the short inconsistent list bother me so much. Why do I fret over it and let it hold me back.
I don't consistently....
put away laundry.
clean out my car.
mop my floors.
I could go on and on with that list too but it would still be fairly short.
This short list is the one I dwell on.
I could lose weight if I'd stay in the gym more, if I run more, if I eat healthier all the time.
I could feel less overwhelmed if I could find the boys underwear or my favorite pair of shoes.
I would feel more worthy if I remembered birthdays better or called my friends more often.
The reality is, whatever is important to me is what is easily consistent. What is easily done well are the things that matter most. What doesn't come so easy truly weighs me down.
I want my running goal to matter more...but it doesn't.
I want my jean size to go down...but it doesn't.
I want my floors to not be filthy EVERYDAY...but they are.
So, I dwell and worry. I fret and frown. I scold myself and others. I blame my inconsistency on a husband short on time or kids who are well...kids.
Then one day...today...I look up from the pile of bills to file, the craft supplies ready to be organized, the desk that is a mess & I realize that it's all good.
Eventually, my consistencies and inconsistencies will shift when needed and some may never.
I realize that everyday I have to fight. I fight for my life to be what it is intended to be.
I fight the evil one who wants me to believe that my inconsistencies are what hold me back.
Did you know that fight has been won already? But I still feel the need to take a jab or two in his direction.
When in reality the inconsistencies are just evidence that some things are just not as important (at this moment) and worrying about those disrupts the things that are. They are a distraction from the things I do well and do right.
I know I'm not the only person out there who feels this way.
It is simply time to get out of our own way y'all. . It's time to let God handle the things we can not, handle the parts of our lives that are not consistent until we can become consistent at them. That is if we're even meant to actually bother with them. There may just be a reason for them not being so.
So with ever inconsistency we need to give it over to God. He is waiting there ready to BLOW OUR MINDS with what He can do with it. We're going to stop putting limits on a limitless God!
The enemy is going to allow us to hear peoples negative remarks, looks of disappointment, and feel rejection. He wants us to feel like all of these circumstances are hopeless and there is no way out. Why would He want to do this? So, he can bind us to the things in life that don't matter.
I serve a God that is greater, bigger, and more magnificent that I could ever imagine and He promised that HE can do exceedingly, abundantly more than anything we can imagine for ourselves. Ephesians 3:20 What we let go of, God will do greater with it. He has better for us. We only need to believe and let go. Like an anchor that's sinking, we are holding on tight to the things in life that are eating away at us. Let go and float on up. He's there ready to take your hand so you can walk on the water..and be amazed.
All of those inconsistencies of life that are distracting you from what God has waiting; from the joy, from the happiness, from the fullness of life, let them GO! Because on the other side of consistency is FREEDOM! The things you are good at, that matter most is where you freedom lies...right behind consistency.
You will find freedom in the things that matter to you most. The love for your family will set you free. The love for your purpose in life will set you free.
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. Proverbs 13:4
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58So my friends, let go of the things in your life that are causing you pain, hurt, & regret.
Believe that God created you to be more & that He has more coming for you.
Step out of your comfort level & focus on Him & the consistencies that truly matter.
Stop beating yourself up, that's not for you, that's not what He has waiting or intended.
Seek Him first!
Consistency matters but only in the things that matter.