Our church had a blessing tree for Christmas 2017, which blessed my life in a special way. We each received an ornament for the church tree on which we were to write our greatest blessing of the year. Mine was gentleness. God had dealt with me about that all through the year as he helped me become more gentle. People even started noticing!
And so I counted gentleness as the year’s greatest blessing, and thanked the Lord for it. Which I’ve reflected on ever since. Because I’d learned the value of concentrating in particular on one area of spiritual growth.
Sometimes we bite off more than we can chew and struggle to take it in. We make vague goals like: I want to grow this year or I want to become more like Christ. With no clear idea how to achieve them.
Now obviously, we can never achieve real change or growth without the Lord’s help. But it also takes effort on our part. And lots of prayer, diligence, Bible reading, and reflection.
True change and growth take lots of consistency.
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Sometimes it seems like I’m the world’s greatest procrastinator. I procrastinate or jump from one thing to the next. Schedules vanish, taking my peace of mind with them. As the should-dos nag at the back of my mind and the list grows longer and longer.
I used to think my husband got stuck in ruts, until I realized that he’s just a highly consistent person. Which is how he accomplishes so much and why he’s the most peaceful person I know. Peace of mind comes easier when the mind is not cluttered with so many should-have-dones and should-dos.
But in thinking of consistency the ant also came to mind.
Such a tiny insect, yet it achieves so much. Even the Bible lauds this tiny insect for its diligence and hard work. And actually most insects are like that. If they procrastinate or slow down, they won’t eat or survive.
But I find bees especially fascinating. As foragers they play an important role in our food supply by assuring cross-pollination of plants. And when it’s time to gather food it hones in on that one task.
Some bees prefer only one flower, while others will visit many kinds of plants. But did you know that even those with a more varied diet stick to one kind of flower per trip? Known as floral consistency, this is important because it guarantees the pollination necessary to set seed and maintain that plant particular population year after year.
The bee has a task and he sticks to it.
Rather than randomly eating from many plants at once, they consistently stick to visiting the same flower type on each pollinating trip. And thereby ensure the continuation of flowering plants like cherry trees, plum trees, and even bean plants.
The bee sees his task through to completion. And we need that kind of consistency in our lives too. God gives us each certain tasks in life, and it’s important we stick to them.
So let’s make 2020 a year of consistency in all we do. Doing what we should do, when we should. Like the bee, sticking to something and doing it to the best of our ability.
Surely we all have goals we’d like to meet. Whether at work or home, or in regards to a skill we’re working at. By consistently applying ourselves to them, with God’s help, I’m sure we’ll have a fruitful 2020!