You can’t start the next chapter in your life, if you keep re-reading the old one….over and over. Do you remember the movie with Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliott, where Murray plays Phil Connors, an arrogant and egocentric Pittsburg TV weatherman who, during an assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, finds himself in a “time-loop,” repeating the same day over and over?
Many of us suffer with the “Groundhog Day Syndrome,” (commonly known as GDS), where we just CAN’T MOVE ON. We let unfortunate events “so overwhelm us” that we become dysfunctional; sour-pusses, and down-right HATEFUL. We take it out on anyone, or everyone, around us. We get depressed, lonely, and sometimes, even desperate. Absolutely, no-one, can tolerate being around us…. Or vice-versa. We may as well crawl into our self-imposed hole, and pull in the dirt behind us.
Every mole-hill is a mountain. Every headache is a migraine. And for some, every nausea spell is a pregnancy. I once knew a fellow who made a “very-big-mistake” in his early life, and he ALLOWED “it” to dominate his entire life… even until “The-End.” Of course, then, you always have the complete other extreme… the guy who doesn’t let “anything” bother him. He has no limitations, no boundaries; and cares ONLY for himself.
Here…. I’m talking about the guy who is, generally a good guy, but just has this terrible habit of “going off the deep end”…too often. He just can’t get over his mistakes; thinking that All of his mistakes are EQUAL; when in fact…they’re not. The problem here, is that this type of person is not likely to change…that is, without some SERIOUS intervention. There is a difference between those who “can’t get over the past,” and those who are simply foolish. The fool can be helped.
God said that we can learn to be wise. And if we pray for wisdom, He will provide it. James wrote in James 1:5-8: If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
So, let us resolve to turn from foolish behavior, and ask God, with confidence, faith, and sincerity… for wisdom. …Blessings…cjlb….12/10/14.
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