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Maybe This Time Will Be Different

One sunny day on my daily run I stopped in my tracks when I saw this patch of grass. There had to be a story developing here. What are the chances for success of this patch of grass surviving as it is growing in the middle of a paved path? Eventually the moisture would dry up, the sun would continue to beat down in the middle of summer, and the grass would wither and die. I am not a prophet, but that is exactly what happened. Surprised? Not in the least bit.

If you are familiar with the Bible, your mind probably immediately went to Jesus’ story of the Parable of the Seed and Sower. It is an obvious example of the seed establishing roots very quickly, springing up, and then dying in only a brief period. End of story! But not so fast. That grass hung on for a long time. It went down fighting and it was not about to give up. But it failed.

Often, we are like that grass  Against all odds we think things will be different this time and we do not easily give up. Einstein said insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. This patch of grass will be able to survive on the pavement this time. This time I can overcome a bad habit because my plan will work this time. This time will be different.

In Mark 1:15, at the beginning of Jesus’ Galilean ministry, He says, “Repent, and believe in the gospel.”  The word in the original for repent is metanoia. It contains the idea of changing your mind and direction. If you are always heading a certain way, stop going that way, change your direction, turn around, and head towards the Lord. You cannot keep doing the same things and expect different results. In trying to overcome a bad habit or a besetting sin, unless you change your ways, your direction, you cannot expect victory. But you do not need to do it on your own. Jesus said, “I am with you always.”  Allow Him to make this time be different.

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