Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Building Your Faith - Part 5 - Consistency

Part 1 of this mini-series on building your faith was about reading your Bible as a way to build your faith. Part 2 was about praying as a faith builder. Part 3 was about resolve and commitment. Part 4 took a look at endurance, another quality that is not in vogue much these days. Today I would like to consider Consistency.

How do I build my faith?

One of my favorite words is "flaky" (the state of being inconsistent or unstable) because I feel it so accurately describes the human condition. For many people, life is nothing more than a never ending roller coaster ride. Emotionally they are up one minute and down the next. Consistency, on the other hand, is the alternative to this haphazard (and many times undisciplined) ride.

Consistency means to exhibit regularity in your thoughts, actions and behaviors. For example, it is important to read your Bible, pray, trust God, and govern yourself according to the Word of God even when you do not feel like it. Let me break it down further. The ability to behave in a consistent manner is not predicated on your feelings. Honestly, how often do you feel like going to work, cleaning your home, or returning that dreaded phone call?

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