Today was one of those days that I didn’t expect a life lesson to a.) hit me square in the eyes b.) show itself in everything I do. But God is constantly showing me ways to grow in him…because I am actively seeking that right now. That’s not a pat on my back or a proud statement, it is just the season I am in. I am hungry for Him is ways that I have not been in the past. I could try to figure out why now and not last year or 10 years ago, but that’s another topic. Back to the life lesson of today.
I was having a conversation with one of the pastors at our church (and my small group coach). He was asking if there was anything in my life that I needed prayer for. I explained that I am trying to figure out how my husband and I can grow together spiritually. We are both growing, but we seem to be on our own journeys right now. I feel the need to unify this. We brainstormed a few ideas and then he said something that made so much sense to me (are you ready for my big ah ha moment?) He said, “You don’t have to make it this big thing. Just spend 1-2 minutes every night sharing. Consistency is the key here.”
Wow…Why do big problems often seem to have such simple solutions. He hit it square on the head: consistency is the key. I chewed on this concept for most of the afternoon and when I was at lunch with a friend of mine, I was able to present her with the same solution. She lives a busy, fast-paced life and feels disconnected from God. I gave her the same advice. Just spend 1-2 minutes every day with God.
He wants consistency more that grand gestures born out of a desperate place.
Even when we think of the topic of endurance, this same advice applies. Consistently being in the word and communicating to God will build far more endurance then a pleading prayer session every few months. So lets strip down the areas of our lives that we are failing and struggling in and see if we can be more consistent on a smaller scale. It seems easier to expand on something we are succeeding in.
1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV
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.