Faithful living, in fact, is not particularly results oriented. It has always been about the process of becoming. God gradually transforms us more and more in his likeness as we dedicate ourselves to the spiritual disciplines that facilitate this process (acts of mercy and forgiveness, prayer, communion, worship, etc.). There is not a one-to-one relationship here. 15 minutes of prayer does not make us 15% more holy. I'm just saying that grounding ourselves in spiritual disciplines (or grounding ourselves in the process of becoming people who do spiritual disciplines) opens up the possibility of God's action in ways that might not otherwise exist.
We might say, then, that being faithful people is, fundamentally, the choice to dedicate ourselves to the process of becoming faithful people. I understand that is cyclical language- and I think it works. We become faithful people when we choose to enter in to God's process of shaping us into faithful people.
More on this tomorrow.