They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. I'm not sure who "they" is, but they obviously hadn't met me yet. Lol. Consistency is something that, while I've made great improvements, I still struggle with it often. I'm such a weird creature. I love spontaneity but I NEED structure. I'm the most stressed and uneasy when my life is not organized or when consistency is lacking, so the answer is simple right? Stay consistent, with everything, all the time. Well, that's easier said than done. Why? Well, for starters, consistency takes effort. Effort is, sometimes, exhausting. Most of the time, actually. However, we have to keep pushing.
Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
This verse can be used for a lot of things, but I want to keep the topic of consistency. If consistent, no matter how long it takes, you will reap what you sew. Take working out and eating clean, for example. I know that my body feels the best when I am handling business in the gym and in the kitchen. When I skip workouts or have too many cheat meals, I can feel it, physically and mentally. Easy solution: don't skip workouts and maintain my meal prep schedule. Then there's reality. Laziness creeps in and so do my cravings, and BOOM. I've fallen and I can't get up. Lol. But I have to, because I want to feel and look better, so I do. It obviously doesn't happen overnight (if it did, this whole post would be invalid. Lol.) but it's worth the work I put into it, even when it doesn't feel good in the moment.
Luke 16:13 No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
I almost just want to copy and paste the entire previous paragraph, as this verse also goes with it perfectly. Let's take my spiritual walk for example. When I am consistent with my walk, I find everything else falls in place. The easy follow-up to that statement is "That's why I make sure I'm consistent with my spiritual walk at all times," However, the thing is, sometimes I get tired. I get tired of showing grace to people who I don't believe deserve it. I get tired of being celibate. I get tired of tithing. The only thing that keeps me going is knowing that God is pleased when I'm on track in those areas, as those are probably my top three things I struggle with. Every little win counts. Even with this blog and my personal journaling, Consistency with God is the best kind to have. Not only because He's consistent with us, but also because it trickles down into every area of your life.
Trust me. If that's consistent, it's so much easier to see God move in other areas of your life.