I was reminded of this when I saw the bottle of Vitamin D on my kitchen counter. My blood work says I am a bit deficient, so rather than boost my intake of whatever healthy foods would help, I opted for the Costco-sized bottle of Vitamin D.
Now granted, I have a history of difficulty swallowing pills, having had to gag them down in my younger years, and then almost put myself in a hypnotic state in my later ones. But this pill has to be the smallest little gel cap ever made, and yet … there they all sit––minus a couple––on the kitchen counter.
I wish this were the only area where my good intentions lapsed, but I have quite a list going. Not something to be proud of.
Consistency is definitely a strength. Those athletes who can play well consistently have much more successful careers. Employees and students who consistently produce their best work garner much respect. And individuals who consistently follow through on their promises can be trusted.
We are called to be consistent in our spiritual life as well.
First of all, Jesus is the epitome of consistent: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). And since our goal is to become more and more like Jesus every day, consistency should be number one.
Notice the ways we are to told to be consistent. The emphasis is mine.
“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” (I Corinthians 15:58).
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23).
“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord’” (Philippians 1:27).
“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).
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (I Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Yes, those might be little pills on my counter, but they are a huge reminder.