I promise you that I can find life analogies in everything. LOL I recently went to dinner at a local eatery and enjoyed the absolute best Tijuana Style Taocs! Fresh hand made corn tortillas, savory meat, delicious guacamole, washed down by an ice cold Mexican Coke in a glass bottle. Soooo good. And because of the great experience, I come back all the time.
But imagine if the experience was negative. Have you ever returned to a restaurant when the food was horrible? Not me. For me, it only really takes one bad experience in a restaurant to lose my patronage.
Then I thought, why do we treat life circumstances differently?
Perhaps you have been in a horrible relationship too long or have just continued to make really bad decisions—and find yourself stuck in a cycle of despair. Maybe you KNOW that a certain something is bad for you, yet—again and again, you return to make the same mistake.
The Bible says “as a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness” (Proverbs 26:11). Yikes!
That’s pretty harsh to compare the foolishness of a person who repeats their mistakes to a dog returning to its own vomit. But I believe that it is the intent of the Scripture to be extreme. Sometimes, the word must be like a virtual punch to our gut. (Boom!)
In contrast, the Bible also presents an option for the believer to be renewed…and an avenue for change given. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here”(2 Corinthians 5:17).
In other words, when we find ourselves in a place where change is needed—the Word offers us refuge in Christ.
But let’s be honest. How often do you hear people say,
“I want change..” or “I’m going to be different..” or “I won’t make the same mistake again…”
And there they go—back to the same patterns of behavior…Again and again and again and again…
I admit. I am guilty of that.
Boy am I guilty.
One of the toughest lessons I have faced in my life, is making the mistake of repeatedly returning to something that was knowingly bad—because the truth was, I did not want to change. But at some point you must realize that…
IF NOTHING CHANGES,
THEN NOTHING CHANGES.
There is no way around it.
I often say that if we do the same ‘ole things—we will get the same ‘ole results.
In fact, I write these blogs not for an audience, but for me. They are a reflection of self discovery that apply to my life—and may have no impact on you whatsoever.
I believe everyone is on their own journey of self-discovery and meaning. But my hope is, that you can relate to what I share and begin to see life lessons everywhere.
Because God is always speaking to us, even through tacos. LOL