CONSISTANTENCY: Um…sounds a bit dull. There’s a lot to be said for being consistent. Normally, it means that one can be ‘counted on, predictable… steady, and stable.’ Those are the good things. It could also mean…you are unchanging, irregular, or undeviating… those are the bad things.
Me? I’m Mr. CONSISTENT. I have a steady routine. I do things, pretty much, on a ‘regular basis’… day-after-day. I’m punctual… very rarely late; which is good. As a good Manager/Leader….one should not be ‘so predictable’ … as his people will know his every move; which is not so good.
While I consider myself to be a bit consistent, I am more of a ‘gambler.’ I am ‘willing to take chances.’ It’s not much different than playing the stock market. The fellow who is willing to ‘take a chance,’ will likely do better in the market, or any type of business, then the one who does not.
If someone is on time every day, does his job on a CONSISTENT basis… is SLIGHTLY predictable, staying focused, stable, and dependable….then, he will ‘be noticed.’ Management will likely realize… he’s ready for PROMOTION. But, being CONSISTENT to such a point that you don’t accept that there may be ‘other ways’ of doing things, like…. continuing to do business with the same supplier, for years… not realizing that, over time, the price has doubled, or tripled. So, be CONSISTENT … but only to a point. Like….mildly consistent.
Now…if you have a ‘killer instinct,’ then… you ARE NOT the consistent type. People with ‘killer instincts,’ like gamblers, take chances…. consistent people are afraid to deviate….afraid to take a chance. Give me a guy with a bit of killer instinct…any day.
But… I have a RULE that I abide by… a RULE that I do not break….I NEVER take a chance; I NEVER invest… in ANYTHING…that I cannot afford to LOSE. Most of what I’m talking about, here, is on ‘worldly matters.’ Things to do with making a living, supporting a family, running a business, and… saving for the future.
But… how about spiritual consistency? Is there room for deviation? Is there room for ‘risking it all’ … for a bit of worldly enjoyment….momentary freedom… from your obligations? Of course not….it’s not worth the GAMBLE. God is not to be toyed with. We simply MUST NOT take any CHANCES with our SALVATION. God is CONSISTENT; and He expects us to be consistent …as well.
Here is a sampling of God’s consistency – Malachi 3:6 – “For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.” Psalms 89:34 – “My covenant I will not violate, Nor will I alter the utterance of My lips. Philippians 1:27 – Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.
God is not to be TESTED. While He is a merciful God, He will not tolerate being MOCKED. Galatians 6:6-7 – The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.