The dictionary definition of the word insanity is “extreme foolishness or irrationality” but for me Albert Einstein said it best “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
The above definitions are fairly similar, because in many ways, if we keep on doing what we’ve done all along, well guess what–our future will look like our past. Sounds a little like insanity to me. :/
As we approach the end of the year, often times my thoughts already wonder about successes and failures in the coming year. I’m sure we would all love to know the future and be privy to what we do well and put that on repeat, avoiding the failures of past years.
People searching for answers will often seek out a fortune teller or palm reader to tell them how their future will look, yet all along not committing to real change. In the end, many will spend money on mediums, but avoid real solutions and answers. I’m no expert, but when it comes to knowing the future, if we do not commit to change and if we keep doing the same things over and over again, we’ll get what we always got. Sound familiar?
If you’re comfortable where you are and satisfied where you’re headed, keep going. But if you’re like me, you may want to look at some bad decisions you’ve made, learn from mistakes and change your approach and destination.
Change is never easy and whether you find it easy or hard, it will happen. We fear change because of the insecurities that come with it…“will this work?” – “will I make it?” – “how will people perceive this change?” We fear change because we do not want to lose control. We do not like the unexpected and unknown.
As we approach the end of this year, let’s do self-inventory. Look at the previous year and perhaps these suggestions will help us not to repeat past insanity.
- Start by committing your future to the Lord. (Psalm 37:5)
- Come face to face with any bad choices you’ve made but don’t allow self-condemnation to eat at you.
- Admit you were wrong (repentance), forgive yourself and move on. (Acts 3:19)
- Take steps to avoid bad decisions, surround yourself with positive influencers. (1 Corinthians 15:33)
- Change the way you approach decisions, don’t be hasty or impulsive. (Ecclesiastes 5:2)
- Be patient with yourself, God is patient with you. (2 Peter 3:9)
- Learn to wait on the Lord (Psalm 37:7)
We all have unique situations we encounter, issues we face and decisions to make, so take these as maybe look at these as a starting point and work with God to perfect the rest.
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.