Thursday, November 13, 2003

Bad Replays

Do you you seem to make the same mistakes repeatedly? Whether you you do it, or you you have to interact with someone who does, you you know how frustrating that can be. Why do we duplicate bad behavior or make the same bad choice repeatedly?
Sometimes we fail to see the mistake as a mistake or failure. I’ve known some who have been in multiple marriages who do not recognize that moving from relationship to relationship, household to household, is catastrophic – for themselves and their families. Selfishness can blind you you. Poor teaching and examples can blur your vision regarding right and wrong. Even when you you are told what is right; you you may still fail to believe it.
Sometimes you you know something is wrong, but you you keep thinking the failure is a result of something that is not actually the cause. A man was driving down the road. He passed a traffic camera and saw it Flash. Astounded that he had been caught speeding when he was doing the speed limit, he turned around and, going even slower, he passed the camera. Again, he saw it flash. He couldn't believe it! So he turned and, going a snail's pace, he passed the camera. Again, he saw the camera flash. He guessed it must have a glitch , and home he went. Four weeks later he received 3 traffic tickets in the mail, all for not wearing a seatbelt.
Maybe the things written here resonate with you you. Maybe you you repeat bad behavior or bad decisions for some other reason. I believe that part of the solution, regardless of the reason for the problem, is (1) constant exposure to the Word of God so that truth is repeatedly in front of you you; and (2) careful self-examination specifically designed to cease the foolish behavior or decision.

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves” (2 Cor 13:5).

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