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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Insanity

It is often said that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results. I have also heard it said, "If we continue to do things the same way we have always done them we will get what we already got."

Each of these point to how we can get in a rut with our lives. We come up against a wall and all we do is bang our head into it over and over rather than look for a new way to get around the wall. The old way worked so good once upon a time. But the old way, although very comfortable, isn't producing any fruit anymore. It is time to do something different to step out of the comfortable into the uncomfortable. Growing is often times uncomfortable. I remember the pains in my legs as a kid as I was growing. Jesus doesn't call us to comfort he calls us to growth.

We are having trouble connecting to God but we don't do anything more or different than we are all ready doing. We wonder why we cant hear God but we are not listening for God. What we are doing has probably got us all that it is going to get us. I think it might be time for us to try a new thing rather than just keep doing over and and over what we have already done. It doesn't make any since to keep banging you head into the same wall. Sing a new song. Get a new routine. Worship in a new way or a different style. Pray more. Worship more. Spend more time with other followers of Jesus. Serve more. Serve in a new way.

Revival is about breaking away from the same routine. It is about doing something different so that God can do new work in us.

Change is an important part of growth. We cannot expect to do the same things and get different results. That is a crazy talk. Yet, in the church we tend to want things to be the same yesterday, today, and always. God is, but we cannot be, our prayer life, our worship life, our service and devotion to God and others must always be growing and changing if we expect to get a new result. Otherwise we just dig a rut that causes us to slip into insanity. We just play church.

Love today.

In Christ's love and mine,
Doug

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