Give Up or Try Again?

There’s an old saying that goes something like this, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

While it sounds logical, and in many cases maybe the saying is right, but is it right in all cases?

If we were to take to heart the saying, then the following examples would fit the definition for insanity:

  1. As your children grow into maturity you express to them not once, not two times, but many, many times to tell the truth, live a life of integrity, pick up their dirty clothes and put them in the hamper, put the lid down when you are finished, etc…
  2. Praying for friends and loved ones for their salvation, healing, help in time of need, comfort, etc…
  3. Many professional carpenters can sink a nail with a single blow, but there are times when it must be struck more than once, even by a professional.
  4. Many of us have, at one time or another, go on a diet.  While there may be some differences, the basics are typically the same.

There are many things that require us to do things more than one time.  And in many of these cases, sometimes we do exactly the same thing.  For there are things that require repeated action in order to achieve results.

God loved us so much He sent His Son.  He continues to love us even when we fail Him.  He loves us when we dust ourselves off, ask for forgiveness, and knowing we might have to go through the process, yet one more time.  Although He is doing the same thing, He expects different results, but we don’t say or even hint that He is insane, do we?

I think the old saying may need modification.  Let’s try this:

“The definition of insanity is doing the wrong thing over and over again and expecting positive results.”

I think I like that one better.  What do you think?

One Response to “Give Up or Try Again?”

  1. Barbara McGuire Says:

    I think I like that saying also!! Great blog! Blessings…. 🙂

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