Sunday, May 24, 2015
Winning Long Term
It's tough being a Mets fan recently. My team followed up an impressive start with an increasingly lackluster stretch that has knocked us out of first place. On paper things still look decent as we sit in second place with a winning record, but the performance has been dismally disappointing lately. There isn't really any aspect of the team's performance that is good right now and it's difficult to watch as a fan. It's almost as if they have forgotten to continue the positive habits that led to early victories. My Mets certainly can't hope to find long-term success by continuing this pattern of play.
We've got to be consistent in doing the right things if we want our personal lives to go well too. If we want to be successful, we can't rely on only being good for short stretches of time. It's the same way we can't have a healthy marriage by being attentive to our spouse's needs only on our anniversary. We can't effectively parent when we only respond to poor behavior. We won't maintain good health by exercising and eating right sporadically. We won't build a solid relationship with Christ when we only turn to Him in difficult circumstances and ignore Him the rest of the time.
There is no way we can always be at the top of our game, but we also can't rely on brief periods of positive focus and hope it carries over to the rest of our lives. We've got to put in the effort to maintain positive behaviors and decision making to build a streak that lasts.