Be Consistent!

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Dear Younger Me,

One of the most important habits for you to develop as you go through life is consistency in spending time with God.

I heard someone say just this week that it is consistent everyday discipleship that paves the way for those moments when we are called to radical obedience, and I think this is true. Consistent time with God is what will keep you rooted in truth and help you grow.

Growth tends to happen gradually. We don’t always see a big difference right away, but if you develop these habits you will see the benefits. As Eugene Peterson describes it, the Christian life is “a long obedience in the same direction.”

Try to make time each day to read the Bible. Right now you know certain parts of it fairly well, but there are other parts you have never read. The reading plans you have used up until now tend to dot around reading a few chapters here and a few chapters there. Of course, any time spent reading the Bible is good, but it will really help you to understand more of the big picture and how it fits together. Find a reading plan that takes you through a whole book of the Bible setting it in context, or, even better, one that takes you through the whole Bible chronologically. (Look out for a book called Cover To Cover – I found that helpful.)

As well as this, make time to pray. Try to look for the little pockets of time in your day and be intentional in using them well. You will spend a lot of time on public transport over the next few years, and it will give you a great opportunity to read, pray, or listen to worship music.

Journalling is another thing that will help you. You’ll find that writing slows your mind and helps you focus. It will also be encouraging to look back and see what God has been teaching you and how he is answering your prayers.

Accept that there will be times when it is hard, but make a commitment to keep going. If you miss a day, don’t let guilt paralyse you. Just begin again the following day.

Jesus said, “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot bear fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.” (John 15:4 NLT)

Consistency is not often glamorous or exciting, but it is necessary, and it is the way to live a fruitful life for God.

Love,

Me

Dear Younger Me...

This post is part of “Dear Younger Me…” – a series for Write 31 Days in October 2019. Each day I am basing my writing on the one-word prompt provided.  Today the prompt is “consistent.”   You can find an introduction to the series and an index of all the posts here, and you can find out more about the challenge and check out other people’s series here.

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14 thoughts on “Be Consistent!

  1. The virtue of consistency
    cannot be over-rated,
    just as the joys of ‘flighty’
    are always overstated.
    The end of any stretch of time
    is marked by what you’ve done,
    and though it is no spirit-crime,
    be wary of your fun.
    Transient thrill informed by whim
    will leave no mark of passing,
    and you’ll find devotions slim
    while regrets are grimly massing.
    Remember what Khayyam has writ;
    tears won’t wash a word of it.

    The closing couplet references Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat:

    “The moving finger writes; and, having writ, moves on:
    nor all thy piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line,
    nor all thy tears wash out a word of it.”

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  2. This is such an important reminder, and something I’ve struggled with through my life. I am so grateful for God’s grace as I learn and keep coming back to Him!

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  3. As a runner and now a writer, I agree with you on the importance of consistency. Consistency in your relationship with God should be of the utmost importance. Your younger you thanks you!

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  4. I absolutely love everything about your post. The theme, the idea of writing to your younger self, but the articulated instruction for being consistent and what to be consistent in. A few years ago, I defined my morning routine around the acronym PEACE. My routine was a consistent practice of each of the activities within that word. Pray, Exercise, Assimilate, Commit, Experience – of course those words mean nothing without the activity that goes with them, but the idea was to be consistent in praying, exercising, learning, keeping commitments, and experiencing life instead of letting the couch and tv be a magnet.

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    1. Thanks, Jane! That sounds like a great morning routine and a helpful way to remember it. I’m sure it’s helpful to keep the goal in mind too and remember that doing those things consistently will result in greater peace.

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  5. Consistency! Yes! I need more of it. This year I’ve been more challenged in my daily quiet time because several mornings a week I do early morning tutoring online, but I’m hanging in there, trying to be consistent about carving out small pockets of time either before or after tutoring.

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    1. I find days where I don’t have time first thing in the morning a challenge too. It’s always a challenge to make time later in the day, but definitely worth it when I do.

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