By: Pastor Tom Stein

CONSISTENTLY INCONSISTENT

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

1 Corinthians 10:31

So I am driving along the always-adventurous Brodhead Road.  It’s busy, and this road has all sorts of people doing all manner of things, so I am sticking close to the speed limit.

In my rearview mirror I spy a huge white SUV.  The woman driving the monster isn’t quite tailgating me, but she is following far too closely for the conditions.

I cruise along, and there she stays.  I cruise some more, and she remains uncomfortably close.  I look for a third time, and she has receded in my rearview mirror.  She is stopped and preparing to turn, but first she does what I call the Beaver County Thing: She allows someone to turn left in front of her.

What do I make of this woman?  She is like me: Consistently inconsistent.  I can criticize her for following too close, but I can’t deny her Beaver County politeness.

This is the human condition.  We are all this way.  For example…

I may happily serve a friend but grudgingly help my wife.

I may listen carefully to an important discussion at work but ignore my children.

I may be kind to the stranger in one store and rude to the stranger in another store.

We are all a weird mix of glory and tragedy, beauty and ugliness, righteousness and rudeness.  Life is befuddling and maddening because we are consistent only at our inconsistency.

The solution is the One who lived consistently consistent.  The gospel message is that Jesus is the Son of God who came here and lived without sin.  This means many things, but it includes the fact that He was consistent in His living.  He not only didn’t tailgate.  He did the Beaver County Thing.  Because of this, He is able to forgive the sins of inconsistent people through His death on the cross and transform their inconsistent lives through His Holy Spirit.

To be a follower of Jesus means I want to grow in honoring God in whatever I do.  My companion on Brodhead Road reminds me that the journey continues.

Father, thank you for changing hearts and lives through Jesus.

Help me to live consistently in ways that please you.

Marc is a lifelong resident of Beaver County. A 2001 graduate of Center High School and 2005 graduate of Point Park University, Marc is employed by the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and officiates high school and college football. Follow Marc on Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram @marcgrando