“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:8
Everyone is our Teacher
God puts people in our lives just at the right time and brings us a message that we need to hear and learn from. Everyone that is currently in our lives and that will come into our lives is our teacher.
One of my greatest teachers and mentors has been Pastor Byron Bledsoe from C3 Church in Orlando. I was far from God when I first met him and was going through a “bring me to my knees” divorce. I have learned so much from Pastor Byron over the years. He is full of godly wisdom and also is so real. If you aren’t blessed to have someone like this in your life, I would make this one of your top prayers.
One of Pastor Byron’s often repeated statements that has had a profound impact in my life is this; “Consistency has always been the Biblical pattern for success.” How many of us start out strong for a week or two or even a few months with every intention of making transformative changes in our lives and then we start missing a day or two here and there and the next thing we know our consistency is out the window and we are back to square one.
I have been guilty of this faulty pattern in my life from writing, to podcasting, to meditating, to praying and the list goes on. There are some areas that I am very consistent in such as working out and spending time in the Word. I will give myself grace for that. But I know there is so much more that God has put on my heart.
I Love to Write
I love to write. As I look back at my life, I have always been a voracious reader and I find peace in my heart when I sit down to share my thoughts through the written word. It is nourishing and healing to me.
I think of the profound impact the writings of Rick Warren, John Eldredge and Erwin McManus have on my life. My hope and prayer is that my writing will have the same transforming effect in your life that the aforementioned authors are having in my life.
That’s where the consistency comes in. That is why I have undertaken the 365 day challenge that I accepted a week ago. This is seven days in a row of writing for me. I hope at the end of the 365 days lives will be changed through my writing including my own.
I hope it touches the depth of your soul and inspires you to see yourself the way God sees you and you start to believe you are whole and worthy. That once you see yourself the way God sees you, you will recognize that it’s time to take a chance on yourself and live the life God created you to live.
Transform Your Life through Consistency
If I want to be a prolific writer, I have to write every day because I want to be great at it and change peoples’ lives through my writing. What is it for you that you want to be great at? What are you going to commit to doing every day for the next 365 days? Maybe it’s getting healthy so you are going to commit to eating healthy every day for the next 365 days. Maybe for you it’s reading the Bible every day for the next 365 days. Maybe it’s telling your spouse and your kids how much you love them every day for the next 365 days.
No matter what it is for you, consistency has always been the Biblical pattern for success. I know you can do this. I know you have self-discipline in you. I know you are destined for greatness. Take on that 365 day challenge and see how God will transform your life.
Troy Ismir, MS
Author, Podcaster, Speaker and Spiritual Warrior Coach