Faith General Self-Management

Consistency like a Warrior- Building Focus to Your Life

“Wow, how did you get so good?’

“…Practice…”

“It must be so cool to have that natural ability!”

“Thanks… it was practice…”

“Want to go do something later?”

“No..I have to practice”

Growing up, I remember conversations like this all the time. It felt like anytime friends were going to hang out, or anytime that there was, well, logical discretionary time, I had rehearsal, an honor band, a private lesson, or some extracurricular pep-band or marching band function. I spent literally countless hours on my trumpet hoping that one day, I would get to make a living playing trumpet. Did you know a professional musician has practiced somewhere around 10,000 hours before they’re considered masters of their instrument?!

It Doesn’t Happen Overnight

Simply put, being a musician doesn’t happen overnight. I wasn’t able to play Latin Jazz gigs, Symphony gigs, and Jazz gigs in the same week without years of consistent, routine practice. In the same way, becoming a mature believer doesn’t happen overnight. It takes hard-fought, dedicated consistent work yielding to Christ and giving him more and more of yourself.

Designed to be Like Him

As maturing believers and warriors, we were created in God’s image, and likeness. We were designed like him to have goals and ambitions. Why is it that we admire great feats of strength like those of Olympic athletes? Because it’s amazing to see what humans are capable of. We don’t get to be warriors by learning and growing whenever we feel like it. We have to intentionally develop consistency and routine. Our God is an intentional God with goals and ambitions for humanity that he plans far in advance. Think about how there are over 400 Old Testament prophecies that Jesus fulfilled by coming! God plans things out.

Intentionality Breeds Intentionality

Your walk with the Lord should be just as thought-out and intentional as a professional musician’s practice schedule. And it has to happen consistently. Otherwise it will get unfocused and distracted. I can think of so many freshman in college who don’t make it as music majors because they don’t practice, but more than that, they don’t practice intentionally. This type of intentionality isn’t just big picture; it gets into the nitty gritty details. It penetrates into every aspect of your life. How much time have you spent in the last week watching television? How many hours have you spent on Facebook? How many hours have you spent in the Word?

Preparing for Battle

A famous expression says, “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” And it’s true in every aspect of our lives. That’s not to say every second has to be planned out or a slight deviation in your plans is sinful; life exists in balance. Heaven forbid we become “Levitical” about things. When we don’t think about our day, when we don’t think about our actions, it gives the devil one great opportunity to invade into our lives. You see, when warriors are preparing for battle they don’t just put on armor and leave the camp. They spend months in training and there aren’t many breaks except what is necessary to keep going. We have to have the same attitude as we move through life.

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.” 1 Peter 5:8-9

“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Six Essential Questions to Ask Yourself

Your walk with Christ is literally a battle for God’s kingdom here on earth. Here are some questions to ask yourself to measure the intentionality of your walk:

1-When is the best time to give God time to study in his Word?

2-What time should I get up in the morning to make sure I have time to make God first?

3-How much should God really be getting from my paycheck?

4-What does being a good steward of the money God has given me look like?

5-Who around me needs Christ?

6-What do I do when I’m bored?

Warrior On!

Aaron Fisher

Aaron is the Worship Leader for Exodus Church. When he’s not doing that, he’s helping people as a personal banker at Wells Fargo. He loves loud music, quality coffee and playing hockey on Sunday afternoons. He lives in Wichita, Kansas with his wife, and their greyhound.

 

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