The first area that consistency is vital in is public versus your private image.
JESUS said in Matthew 6:1 (LB), "Take care, do not do your good deeds publicly to be admired."
HE's not saying never do anything where people can see it. HE did a lot of good deeds publicly. HE's talking about the motivation here. Don't do it to be admired by other people.
Why do we let our families down in order to build our public image up? I think a lot of times it's what we view as important.
Sometimes we think it's so important that we impress our boss or friends. We forget how important our own family, the people who are closest to us really are. "They'll love me no matter what." That's not true. We can lose their respect too.
The truth is a lot of people could do the job of being a Pastor and do a good job of it. I'm thrilled that GOD allowed me to do that. And there are a lot of people who could do it. But there's only one person that can be Stef and Brett’s Dad. That's me. There is only one person who could be Margaret's husband, me. No one else in the world, in all the over 5 billion people of the world, can do that.
In order to raise up your consistency between your public and your private image run through some of those kinds of thinking. How important your relationship with those people in your private life really is? Who do you really want to be admired by at the end of life? Our goals should be to be admired the most by those who are closest to us who know us best.
Just a thought from the front porch…