Unlike last year, I don't have a list of goals for the coming months...my one goal is wrapped up in being.
In my thinking and praying about the New Year and what lies ahead, the Lord really impressed on me that being consistent is the key issue in my life that needs improving.
Oh sure, there's a bazillion new things I could begin, but I just want to do what I'm already doing well. And that requires consistency.
Being consistent is just plain old hard work. It takes SO much discipline. It's the little choices you make all through the day. Years ago, I was a very disciplined person. I was the gal who always got up on time and never EVER did I hit that blasted snooze button.
But slowly over time as the responsibilities have grown, it is more difficult than ever to be consistent in the things that matter. Instead, I've become consistent in things that are detrimental, i.e., I hit the snooze button. (And that's one example of many!) Those little choices are tearing down the life habits of consistency I built so long ago.
Why is being consistent in the habits of life so important? Think about these quotes....
"Character is, for the most part, habit become fixed." --C.H. Parkhurst
"Sow an act, and you reap a habit; sow a habit, and you reap a character; sow a character, and you reap a destiny." --George Boardman
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." --Helen Keller