Consistency. This word is probably familiar to you already. You’re likely to hear it often at work, school, or motivational seminars. Lol. You likely already know what it means too, and if you don’t, no worries, I’ve got you covered.
Merriam-Webster puts it, Consistency is the harmony of conduct or practice with profession.
Personally, when I think about consistency or someone consistent, what comes to mind is someone diligent, someone whose actions are predictable, who is reliable and trustworthy because they always show up when they say they will.
Considering all of these qualities, I wondered again if it was possible for someone to always show up without fail. It seems easier said than done.
I’d be lying if I said that being consistent is easy. It takes a lot of discipline, accountability, responsibility and self-control to get there. You will certainly need to confront procrastination and accomplish tasks even when you don’t feel motivated. Enduring discomforts is necessary to get things done.
There are times when there’d be no one to motivate you except yourself as well.
Consistency is what we need as believers to show that we’re truly God’s children. The Bible describes God as unchanging and consistent. God, unlike humans, doesn’t retract His words. As God’s children, we are expected to maintain the same level of integrity. When people see us, they should see this quality of being consistent in us as well.
What does the Bible say about the consistency of God?
Malachi 3 vs. 6
“For I am the Lord, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.
Hebrews 13 Vs 8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
The Bible references Daniel as a model for us to look up to, showcasing that humans can practice consistency, contrary to our initial beliefs.
The Bible describes Daniel as knowledgeable and intelligent.
Daniel 6 vs. 3
Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps because an excellent spirit was in him; the king gave thought to set him over the whole realm.
Daniel, a Jew, diligently studied the language and literature of the Chaldean people, showcasing his dedication. His hard work, coupled with devotion to the Lord, distinguished him from his peers. Remarkably, he was appointed as the governor of the province of Babylon and chief ruler in both Babylon and Persian empires due to his exceptional abilities.
The Bible describes him as having an excellent spirit.
Hard as it may seem, consistency certainly has its rewards and benefits.
1. Good Reputation:
Consistency will certainly earn you a good reputation with people. I find it respectable and admirable when people show up when you expect them to. People will certainly consider you reliable and trustworthy, and these qualities are good for one’s reputation.
2. Increased Productivity:
Consistency helps us build momentum. It helps spells a clear difference between success and failure. A consistent person works hard at honing their skill until they get the desired result, and with this attitude to developing oneself, success is inevitable.
3. Consistency earns you valuable relationships:
The reputation of a consistent person will certainly earn them good recommendations. When you earn trust and demonstrate reliability, influential sources are likely to mention you because they recognize your ability to deliver exceptional work.
4. Consistency improves Self Confidence:
The more you do something, the better you are at it. The practice of developing oneself would require you to do things even when you don’t want to. Honing your skill and watching yourself grow is sure to build your trust in your qualities and abilities.
5. God rewards Consistency:
Galatians 6:9 NKJV
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
As long as we keep at it, as long as we do not give up on being a better person and getting better at what we do, we’d most certainly reap the reward of our labour.