Human nature is a funny thing. A few years ago our television set stopped working. It just went out and would not come back on. I tried pushing the ‘power’ button on the remote and that did not work. I even pushed the power button on the tv set and it still would not come on. I cannot tell you how many times I went to the set, pushed the power button in a 24 hour time frame hoping that the set would ‘magically’ fix itself.
I would feel silly confessing my repeated attempts to turn on the broken tv, but I have seen too many other people in similar situations. Someone walks into a room and flips the light switch. When the lights do not come on, that person keeps flipping that switch over and over hoping that the lights will fix themselves. We’ve all been there, done that.
As I said, human nature is a funny thing. We may know something is wrong, but rather than research the problem or admit that things are not the way we want them to be, we prefer to keep on doing what we have always done.
Gary Oliver addresses this quirk of human nature by saying, “Crazy is to discover what doesn’t work and keep on doing it…..Everybody wants to be different, but few people want to change.” How many things in our lives do not ‘work’ anymore and yet we keep on doing them. We know maxing out the credit card adds stress to our budget and emotions, but we keep on doing it. We know that working 60-70 hours every week may enhance the ‘bottom line’, but it drains us of the energy and desire necessary to build a solid, emotional base for a good marriage. We know that ignoring daily time with God and neglecting the assembling with His people on a weekly basis causes us to drift further and further from His love. Furthermore, it causes us to feel less and less secure about our relationship with Him. Yet there are so many paths we follow which easily set aside our time with God and obedience to Him. We know better. But we do not do better.
Psalm 46:10 – “Be still and know that I am God.” Perhaps its time for us to learn to stop doing so much and learn how to be still in the presence of God. To be still and simply listen for God’s voice. To be still and read the Bible slowly to drink in the Word so that we might come to know God.
Crazy is to discover what doesn’t work and keep on doing it. Perhaps it is time for you and I to actively pursue a holy sanity and stop being so crazy.
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