Kansas City Lesson #1: The Art of Inconsistency
There are moments in life when you get knocked on your back side. You’re blindsided, you feel ill-prepared, and then the moment is upon you. As athletes, we train as hard as we can to avoid moments such as this. Ironically, sitting in a conference room in Kansas City, Missouri with a plethora of some the finest athletes I’ve ever been around who now work for FCA, this happened. One of our presenters hit us with this: if you’re inconsistent in ONE aspect of your life, you’re inconsistent in ALL aspects of your life. Whoa.
Let that sink in for a moment. How many times do we think we’re doing well in many aspects of our life and yet there’s a part being neglected or you’re not fully committed to? Pick any topic in your life, be honest with yourself, and truthfully share how consistent you are. Now, really look at them and ask yourself this simple follow up question: are you achieving everything God has laid out for you in that aspect of your life? Whoa, part two.
It felt like a slap in the face to many of us in the room. It stuck with us so much amongst the 12 hour sessions we were regularly putting in, that many of us came back to that topic with our roommates before bed that night. I thought I was doing pretty well in many aspects of my life. Outwardly, I feel most would also think I was doing well in most aspects of my life. Inwardly, I knew there was room for growth in every aspect of my life. The Lord doesn’t want us to do “pretty well”; the Lord wants our very best. There’s never a time when we should think God accepts anything less.
I call this the art of inconsistency. We spend so much time trying to be mediocre to good in many areas instead of being our very best in a few areas. One thing I learned that encouraged me this past week was to narrow my focus and excel for the Lord. If this means that I’m only great at one or two things instead of being pretty good at five or six things for the Lord, I choose the one or two things. It’s not a request, it’s a requirement, give God your very best.
May this be an encouragement to you to work harder for the Lord. There’s no more important work that we’ll have the honor of doing. Honor God with your body (1 Corinthians 6:20), honor God by putting others ahead of yourself (Romans 12:10) and honor God through prayer and conscience as we strive to live more like Jesus every day (Hebrews 13:18). May this challenge you in the way it has and will continue to challenge me. Thank you Lord for accepting our faults and shortcomings, we strive to excel for you every day. Amen.
Tomorrow: The Power of God’s Plan
Posted on Mon, May 2, 2011
by Matt Clinton