We can only achieve consistency step by step.

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.


Change and growth rarely happen all at once, but one step at a time – with lots of prayer, effort, and consistency.


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.

Go to the ant, you sluggard. Consider her ways, and be wise.

Proverbs 6:6

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!

And we’ll be able to look back on the year knowing we’ve made progress!

Images: Steps by Bruno Nascimento from Unsplash. | Bee is my own. \

7 thoughts on “The Importance of Consistency

  1. I can relate to you too! In one of my first attempts at preaching (thankfully in a training setting), I was likened to a butterfly, flitting from idea to idea. I prefer the bee analogy! 😀

    By the way, we’re visiting the family in Italy from Monday 🙂

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    1. I prefer the bee too. May we acquire that type of consistency and always stick to the job at hand! Enjoy your time in Modena. It’s gotten pretty cold over here lately!

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  2. I will challenge you on being the world’s worst procrastinator! I love your example of the bee–on type of flower on each visit. Variety isn’t bad, but following through and doing the job at hand is necessary for my peace of mind and health–and that of true pollination. I’ve also steered away from the one-word designation for the year, preferring to see God in each new day. But I love the idea of your consistency. Thanks for your insights, my friend.

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    1. Ha! Well then Dayle, I guess we’ll have to settle with tying for first place! I loved learning that about bees too. I didn’t know they did that either. God’s planning in nature is astonishing, and always consistent. Everything he created does just what it’s created to do and at the right time. It’s just what I need in my life, and I’m blessed to know I won’t be alone in my journey

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