Been thinking a lot lately about consitency and living beautifully. I am thoroughly convinced that if we cannot live with consistency the tradition and faith that we follow (no matter what religion we are) we have no ground to stand on. Across the boards, inconsistency is making people’s message lacking.
I suppose I should speak from my own life, as an example, as I see it so often in Christianity. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the ongoing historic community of people who are following in the way of Jesus, but i am not sure where so many “Christians” thought that it was ok for them to not live like Christ. Ok, maybe it has to do with the grace piece or maybe it has to do with the notion that since our eternal salvation is secure (or what if it’s not!?!) we don’t have to worry TOO much about how we live. I am not sure that people are listening any more if they can’t see it.
As Anthony de Mello said so poignantly, “it’s those who are worrying so much about life after death that forget that there is actually life before death as well.”
I want my life to be such a beautiful expression of my learning from my master, Jesus, that I have ground to stand on when it comes to inviting others into a better, more whole way of living. I want to be known as having a beautiful life. Who needs words when you can show someone what its like to experience life?
And so how do we begin to be consistent? I think awareness that we are not consistent is the first part. As much as I want it, I am not consistent. People may see me as consistent, but I know that I am not… After awareness, there must be a desire to be consistent. Without trying (that’s the tough part) we must begin to want the things that are better for us. Trying just makes us consumed with that which we are trying to avoid. Surrounding ourselves with those who want the best for us rather than selfishly taking advantage. SLOW DOWN… this is huge. In everything, slow down. Find a teacher.
And as I said to some friends tonight, don’t get wasted. That does not help consistency.
Remember, it only takes one time of inconsistency to start us right back at ground zero with those who are watching our every move. Live in it… without the presure. Be aware and change will happen.