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CONSISTENCY: THE SECRET TO SUCCESS

By Barry Cameron
February 06, 2015

Whether you’re talking about business, sports, entertainment, politics, your family or church, it takes consistency if you’re going to accomplish your dreams. To put it another way, if you don’t stick with it – forget it. It’s not enough to start out good or even to do well for a while if somewhere along the way you drop out of the race, take a detour, throw in the towel and quit, deciding the commitment called for more than you were willing to give.

Inconsistency is the reason why most people who go on diets will more than likely go on another one. It’s the enigmatic explanation for losing teams in sports; the difference between highly successful corporations and those who struggle to make payroll, much less a profit.

Inconsistency is also the seedbed for the death of a church. Let a little inconsistency creep into a church, and it won’t be long before complacency sets up shop and apathy appears on almost every hand. The seeds of inconsistency produce strangling weeds of fear and doubt, resulting in a harvest of hesitation. Mountains mount up. Momentum loses traction, and the church shuts down.

It happens in the life of a Christian in much the same way. You begin having time alone with God every day, and the time you have with Him each morning is truly a mountaintop experience. But one day you oversleep, you have to go to work early, or one of a million other things gets you off track. One day turns into two. Two into three. Then a week goes by and before you know it, you can’t remember the last time you had some quality time alone with God to start your day. You never intended to quit. But you did.

Inconsistency won, and you’re the loser for it.

Some people have become so consistently inconsistent, it’s become a way of life to them. A way of life they are absolutely convinced cannot and will not change. They can’t remember how they got in this mess, but are convinced there’s no way out.

Inconsistency can put a chink in the armor of some of God’s best soldiers. It always starts out small, unintentional and in relatively insignificant ways. You miss one week of worship. Had something important come up that made you miss your small group meeting. You forget to give one week fully planning to make up for it next week. You meant to pray but fell asleep because of the difficult day you’d just experienced. You stopped working on your marriage because you had so much going on. You’ve been too busy to work on your family, your relationships at work; and forget about exercise. Who has time for that?

Some people have become so consistently inconsistent, it’s become a way of life to them. A way of life they are absolutely convinced cannot and will not change. They can’t remember how they got in this mess, but are convinced there’s no way out.

That’s why the overweight person decides not to waste time exercising anymore, because it doesn’t make any difference when they do. They don’t even bother trying to eat the right foods. Why not? “Exercise and diets just don’t work for me. I’ve always had a weight problem and probably always will.” And off they go to the refrigerator to get some comfort food. Some temporary happiness that will only bring more guilt and frustration.

That’s the reason teenagers will compromise their convictions, seeking acceptance from the very crowd that will ultimately reject them. That’s why a Christian who, down deep in his heart loves the Lord, won’t even bother to defend his backslidden condition or attempt to get right with God. Because he’s convinced himself it can’t be any other way.

One by one they join the hapless, ho-hum crowd that says they couldn’t care less. Yet you and I (and God) know better. They waste their lives muddling around in the mundane morass of mediocrity because there’s no pressure there. No price to pay. Nobody hassling them to do better. No one expecting them to change or even to try. They’ll tell you they’re perfectly happy being at the bottom of the pile. Even second best, runner up or honorable mention would be good for them. But I’d bet the farm they’d give anything to have been MVP, first place, number one, or the best of the best. They just stopped doing the very things that could’ve gotten them there.

How about you? Is almost good enough for you? Are you content with mediocrity? Average? Just getting by? Same old, same old? Or do you desperately want to be different? Do you want to succeed rather than just survive?

I can tell you, based on the authority of Scripture, God doesn’t want us to fit in. He wants us to break out. He calls His children to step out in faith, launch out into the deep, and forge ahead courageously believing, expecting and attempting the impossible in everything we undertake. Regardless of what the world says or does, God has a higher calling for us.

So, if you’re tired of the status quo redundant life, where nothing ever changes or gets better ... if you want to break free from the lair of the lazy and lethargic and go for broke ... if you want to leave the comfort of the crowd that decided second best is good enough ... if you want to be all that God wants you to be ... then decide today that half-hearted won’t cut it from this day forward. From now on it’s going to be wholehearted, all out, no holding back, no excuses, nothing-going-to-stop-you determination to give your best in all things and at all times. AND BE CONSISTENT ABOUT IT.

Be consistent in everything you do. Time alone with the Lord every morning, worship every Lord’s day (Sunday), serving in the church, witnessing in the world, giving, praying. Everything! And whatever you do, don’t look back, fall back, let up, lay down, let down, sit down or back down from the commitment you’ve made.

Because, you can’t succeed consistently unless your successfully consistent.

© 2015. Barry L. Cameron

BARRY CAMERON

Senior Pastor

Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Today, more than 8,000 people call Crossroads their church home. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.

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