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Monday, March 05, 2007

Sometimes Repitition ISN'T the Key

I spent the weekend at my sister's house helping her take care of my niece and nephew because her husband had to work all weekend. So my weekend was spent hearing about the Disney Channel, dancing, and Thomas the Tank Engine.
Especially that last one. My mom bought a new book for my nephew about Thomas the Tank Engine on Saturday, and both he and my niece were amazed with it, because it played a little song, and you were supposed to sing the words of the book along to the music. Of course I just read the words at first, but then I mistakenly decided to sing the Thomas the Tank Engine song.
Thus began a million singings of this ANNOYING I mean DELIGHTFUL little ditty. The problem is that last night when I was sitting in my own bedroom with my Karen Kingsbury book in hand, I was sitting there singing the Thomas the Tank Engine song to myself. In vain I tried to think of another song. No, there's no way I can forget the song now, and I'm sure at random times, it will just pop into my head when I least expect it. Let's just hope I don't unknowingly start singing it out loud at work!
We're all the same, we learn by repitition. I'm sure you've ended up with a crazy little tune in your head before. We do things over and over until we master them, then we add new steps to the things we already learned. The problem is that sometimes the things we learn aren't good things.
Now, we are all born with a sin nature, and no one has to teach us to lie or cheat or steal. That is in our fleshly nature. But practice of those sins can make us masters at doing wrong things.
And pretty soon we find ourselves in a position where we're thinking, "How did I get to this point?"
The awesome thing is that if we confess our sins to God, He will forgive us. (I John 1:9) But once we ask forgiveness, we should change our ways COMPLETELY. We shouldn't have to be taught the same lessons over and over. God wants us to take the lessons that we have learned and build upon them so that we grow more and more mature in Him.
He doesn't want us to be running around with junk in our heads. He wants us to focus on the things that are true, just, pure and lovely (Philippians 4:8). He wants us to focus on the things that will draw us closer to Him, not the things that will keep us far from Him.
So remember, sometimes repitition isn't the key. There are some lessons we don't need to repeat!

3 Comments:

At 5:34 AM, Blogger Janet Rubin said...

Hi Heather! I've been writing a lot and trying to stay out of blog land for a bit. I can relate to this one. We've grown out of Thomas, but now I walk around humming the theme to Dora or Veggie Tales. Once things get in our head, it's tough to lose them. Was just talking the other day with some people at church about why just a glimpse of pornography is so harmfull to men. That image stays like a photo in their minds. A personla example for me is spending too much time with a negative, complaining, or gossipping friend. Those things stick in my head and affect my own attitude. No good!

 
At 9:54 AM, Blogger Praying for your Prodigal said...

Great illustration of how insidious bad habits can be! Long ago, the Gaithers wrote a children's musical that had a song, What goes in is what comes out. It was as great reminder that we need to be careful what we listen to, what we look at, and what we expose ourselves to throughout our life.

Diane

 
At 2:32 PM, Blogger Christina said...

I love the analogy. I've also been immersed in Thonas for 7 years and see plenty more ahead of me.

 

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