Diligence – responsibly, orderly and steadily applying God’s power within me toward whatever responsibility is mine. (Definition came from Mark Rutland’s book, Character Matters)
It is better to be consistently average than inconsistently great.
You can see this played out on Wall Street every year. Check the yearend reports of all the mutual funds. Every year you will learn of some high flying fund with an absolutely stunning annual return. Invariably, investors pile in and then next year this same fund loses money for everyone. This happens over and over.
Then there are the wise investors who find a good steady and boring fund that gives a consistent year-in and year-out return and over the long haul these investors come out way ahead.
The prize goes to the man and woman who gets up each day and faithfully and fully does their duty. The goal is not fanfare and fluff, the goal is consistency. Some days will be better than others, some days you will strike out and some days you won’t; no matter, what counts is that you were at your post consistently giving your best.
This philosophy is not sexy or sensational, but it works.
- The ONE THING for today: Keep your eyes off the highflyers and headline grabbers. This time next year they will be forgotten but your consistency will not only keep you in the game, this time next year it will have carried you much further down the road toward true and lasting success.
1 Corinthians 15:58 (NASB)
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.