Today is day 17 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes writing challenge. Today’s word is Consistent and today’s post is a two for one. Yesterday’s word was Avoid.
I had been so consistent. It wasn’t easy but I did it. I posted every day of the challenge…until yesterday. This week was full of volleyball games, cleaning my house from top to bottom for my furniture market renters, hosting Egroup at my house, and working. I just could not fit writing in with everything else. At almost midnight, I thought about pushing myself to write, but I could not avoid my mental and physical exhaustion.
Just as I got ready to scold myself and say, “I have to follow through”, I heard the Holy Spirit say: “Who said you “have to”?”. “Well, I committed to this challenge on social media!” I rebutted. My words rang in my ears. Oooof…I committed. I had God’s blessing to participate in the challenge and He has spoken to me and imparted truth through my writing, yet God never required me write above everything else. Last night, I needed to rest.
Missing one day of posting did not mean I failed. It meant I am human.
The process often gets messy in the middle. Instead of perfect progress, real life has imperfect progress. Lysa Terkeurst defined imperfection progress as slow steps of change wrapped in grace.
The world tells us consistency is the key to success and the best way to avoid failure. Success in our culture is measured by completion, promotion, obtaining first place, money, position, and bragging rights. However, the main ingredient in the secret sauce of success by God’s standards is obedience.
When David’s time to die approached, he gave instructions to Solomon his son, saying, 2 “I am going the way of all the earth [as dust to dust]. Be strong and prove yourself a man. 3 Keep the charge of the Lord your God, [that is, fulfill your obligation to] walk in His ways, keep His statutes, His commandments, His precepts, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, so that you may succeed in everything that you do and wherever you turn, (1 Kings 2:1-3 AMP)