Before I became a pastor I had a number of different jobs—and therefore, a number of different bosses.
I saw different characteristics at work in each of them. Some were positive, and some were negative.
But one of the most problematic bosses was unpredictable. He was so inconsistent that he put everyone on edge. If he was having a bad day, it meant that everyone else was having a bad day too!
The reason I share this with you is because when you do good things consistently, it helps the people around you thrive.
I’ve always been inspired by Paul’s advice to a young leader in 2 Timothy 4:2. He encouraged him to tell people the good news about Jesus. “Be prepared,” he wrote, “whether the time is favorable or not.” In other words, do what you’re supposed to do regardless of your circumstances.
To me, it’s about consistency.
If you’re feeling low about your parenting, maybe you need to get consistent with some tech-free family time.
If you’re feeling like your relationship is getting distant, maybe you need to get consistent and plan a regular date night.
If you’re feeling far from God, maybe you need to get consistent and actually schedule time every day to read your Bible.
You’re no superhero. But you can get consistent.
Pastor Craig Groeschel often says this: “Successful people do consistently what normal people do occasionally.”
Do you want to be successful? I certainly do. And I also want the people around me to thrive.
One way to do that is to be consistent—regardless of your circumstances. That’s what normal awesome people do.
“Successful people do consistently what normal people do occasionally.”
By Matthew Ruttan
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