So there are two kinds of faithfulness:
- Perseverance: This is like in marriage. You continue even when it’s tough. It’s about consistency.
- Trust: This is like in religion. You move forward even through uncertainty. It’s about dependence.
In both cases, I’m not faithful.
- I like to try things out, give a bunch of effort up front, and then burn out. I’m not good at doing the same thing for a long time.
- I also like to doubt. Questions, I think, are okay, but when they stop me from doing what I know I should be doing, that’s bad. I’m not good at depending on what people say.
That said, I think faithfulness, including both kinds, is one of the most important qualities anyone can develop.
Without faithfulness, you never finish anything. You’re always in process mode, never shipping the product. Without faithfulness, you never move forward. You’re always doubting, never submitting to the advice of those ahead of you.
Without faithfulness, you’re small. But with it, you’re. . . well, that’s the whole point. With it, you’re bigger than yourself and your immediate vision.