In recovery programs, they say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. The reference is usually made about addiction.
And it’s true. We think THIS time will be different. THIS time we can handle it.
It’s insane because it’s not true. And really, it’s just a trick of the devil to make us even consider otherwise.
But with addiction issues behind me, I thought this concept would go away. I solely related it to addiction and that was that.
The truth is, anything we do over and over expecting different results is insanity. Or as Phoebe Buffay would say, IT’S MADNESS!
And that’s where I’ve found myself this week. On the other end of pure madness wondering how on earth I let the same thing happen again.
This week has been incredible. I’ve had a song in my heart, peace in my soul, and a spring in my step. To me, this is normal. It’s what I expect out of my life.
It wasn’t until my husband started questioning it that I realized it had been gone for a little while. I’d say the devil stole it but the truth is, I just handed it to him on a silver platter.
I wrote last week about how I’d allowed my emotions to take center stage and destroy my happiness as well as putting a few dings in my relationships. I don’t think I realized the magnitude of what I’d lost even then.
It wasn’t until the peace and joy had been fully restored to my life that I realized it’d been gone.
And then I realized just how many times I keep coming to that exact same realization.
It’s like investing in a top-rated, high-tech security system for your home and then leaving your front door wide open when you leave.
Father, forgive me. And help me to guard the things that matter most- the peace and joy that come from You alone- so that I may live abundantly in Christ. Amen.