"It's not what you do once in a while, it's what you do day in and day out that makes the difference."
Yes-I know that I just quoted Jenny Craig, but the principle is true on so many levels.
When I worked in athletics and was fortunate to be part of multiple state championships, coaches and athletes alike would tell you that championships were not won because we showed up at the big game and had good athletes. It began in the offseason while in the weight room and in the preparation that goes into it ahead of time.
A successful marriage is not had because you do great things for your husband/wife on your anniversary or because you have a romantic date night once a week. It happens when you love each other, pray for & with each other, and communicate on a daily basis.
Being a godly parent and raising godly children doesn't happen because we take them to church on Sunday or have a special day. It's in the teachable moments throughout their lives and in the way that we show them how much we love them unconditionally each day of the week.
Being a pastor that makes a difference in the lives of those around you doesn't happen because you are a great communicator and preached a message that blew their socks off on Sunday. It happens when you are daily in God's Word and when you are a minister to people each day of the week in the middle of their needs.
Becoming a committed follower of Christ doesn't happen when we turn God into a vending machine to be there for us when our times get tough. It is through the daily discipline of constantly seeking His leadership and guidance and asking for Him to transform us into His likeness that we truly gain a relationship that is consistently authentic.