“All I want is a room somewhere, far away from the cold night air!”
I could already tell that my singing in the school’s talent show wasn’t going well. My shaky hands and trembling voice sent a clear message that I wished I were already in that faraway room. “Aow wouldn’t it be lover-ly … Lover-ly, lover-ly,”
My performance was finally over and the tepid applause confirmed my singing was anything but loverly. I was so embarrassed.
“If only I could rewind the clock,” I thought to myself.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could go back in time to change some of our choices? My decision was a minor one, especially when compared to the more serious choices we all make, like when “I should have …” or “I wish I hadn’t …” plays in our minds every time we recall our foolish behavior.
But at the time, it seemed worth the risk to date that person who lived by different morals, tell that lie to a parent or spouse or steal that money from the office’s petty cash. Only to experience, later, the torment when we realized our actions grieved our heavenly Father and strained the relationships of those who used to have no trouble believing in us.
This week’s verse is not a pleasant one to envision. However, I hope its visual will be effective.
“Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly” (Proverbs 26:11 ESV).
Just imagining a dog returning to his vomit is no fun to think about – much less, actually watching one doing so. Yet, how often do people watch us return to our folly, over and over again? What if we were to paraphrase Proverbs 26:11 to say, “When I don’t learn from my mistakes (when I repeatedly choose to mess up my life with sinful and/or destructive choices), I am like a dog returning to his vomit.”
Would that help us to rethink our decisions? Let’s rewind the memory of bad choices we made in 2016 and ask God to help us repent and make wiser choices in 2017.
Wouldn’t that be better than giving another encore of a bad performance?
What about you?
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- Will the gross visual of this week’s verse help you re-think some of your choices?
- What is something else you have found that helps you learn from your mistakes?
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