One thing I hadn’t initially considered about consistency, is consistency of thought.
Specifically, the consistent thinking of good thought and avoiding negative self-talk. Focussing on what’s good and not on what’s negative. Our thought life is powerful and can take control of our emotions and even our physical selves. Scripture has much to say about the importance of our thought lives. Here is just a sampling.
“Set you minds on things that are above, no on things that are on earth” – Colossians 3:2
“be renewed in the Spirit of your mind, and to put on the new self created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” – Ephesians 4:23-24
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” – Philippians 4:8
Finally, “practice these things, and the God of Peace will be with you.” – Philippians 4:9b
This isn’t too suggest that we should always be jumping for joy when times are legitimately bad or at times of great sorrow or sadness. It is simply a reminder to keep first things first (i.e., God) and not to let the imperfect world get us down, because it always will.
This is my biggest challenge, to keep control of my thought life so I can move forward and achieve what I want to achieve.