Consistency in the storm

In 1911 two explorers and their teams set out on a 1400 mile journey to be the first in modern times to reach the South Pole.

Roald Amundsen led one team. And Robert Falcon Scott led the other. They were pretty much equally matched. But they had different strategies.

Scott traveled based on the weather conditions. If it was sunny they went further—sometimes up to 50 miles in a day! But if it was stormy, they kept travelling to a minimum.

But Amundsen had a different approach. He and his team would travel 15 to 20 miles a day no matter what. Rain or shine, 15 to 20 miles. Sometimes his team would complain by saying things like, ‘The weather is good, let’s take advantage and keep going!’ But he refused. They needed to remain consistent.

So, do you want to know who got there first?

Amundsen’s team. They beat Scott’s team by THIRTY FOUR days. Not only that, but on the return trip, every one of the members of Scott’s team DIED!

To me, one of the lessons from this tragic story is that consistency is king.

Regular spiritual habits set you up for victory in life. Prayer, Bible reading, worship, giving, serving others. When you do that, no matter what the external conditions are in your life, you’ve established a consistent pattern that reminds you to be faithful, and which reminds you about God’s continuing faithfulness.

In Psalm 57:7 David says, “My heart is steadfast…” There’s the word: Steadfast. Would you like to be steadfast? You can be.

Regular spiritual habits set you up for victory in life. Consistency is king.

By Matthew Ruttan

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