Consistency

22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with PATIENCE. Romans 8:25 (ESV)

It is that time again. New Years resolutions abound and many of us will make promises of commitment towards change. Diets, finances and all the like, many Jesus followers will make proclamations to finally “read through the Bible,” “pray more,” or finally taking that “faith step” towards that perceived “ultimatum” Jesus is issuing. Amidst all these promises one thing usually fades – consistency.
 
Consistent: acting or done in the same way over time, especially so as to be fair or accurate; unchanging in nature, standard, or effect over time; compatible or in agreement with something.
 
Being consistent is often directly related to patience. many wain in consistency because of their lack of patience with the end goal or hoped for result. The Apostle Paul speaks to this in his letter to the Romans. In the above verse he helps us lean into what hoping should produce; Patience. As all creation we are all hearing for change, for hope, for transformation. To make the point of what produces hope, Paul directs us to the person who is hope; Jesus. All our hopes, dreams and goals should be affixed around the one who can only bring the redemption and transformation we all long for.
In the midst of our hope. Paul does not negate that there will be moments where everything seems grim. Moments when we feel the push back against our movement towards hope. This is why he connects us to an action that holds us firm amidst the adversity. The action of being patient.
 
Consistent will be my word yet again this year. As the definition points us to, consistency brings us in agreement with change, it is to align ourselves with our decisions and to conform our lives to the hope we have. Being consistent is not always perfection, but it is an ever patient posture steadily pressing forward into each and every moment squarely focused on what we have hope for.
 
Whatever your goal this year, I pray you meet it with consistency. Ultimately, I pray your faith in the One who is hope is ever fixed in consistency. Take every moment, every thought, and every opportunity captive. Hold firm in the action of patience and move forward with consistency that what lies ahead shall be accomplished.
 
AARON GOLDEN
 
MOVES FOR CONSISTENCY
-Dream big, dream clear. (Big is not always best, but clear is always effective.) 
-Do what you know needs to be done.
-Plan with the end in mind (Those who fail to plan plan to fail.)
-Take small steps. (Big moves are made up of many small steps).
-Don’t let past failure determine forward progression (one slip doesn’t have to result in a fall)