Insanity Is What?
Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. It’s an adage I have heard numerous times and have quoted many times. Now I’m certainly not one to argue with a genius. The quote is clever and at many levels it makes a lot of sense. However, I have been stewing on the value of expectations for days now.
- It is the expectation of something different that keeps us enduring those see nothing days.
- It is the expectation of something different that keeps the athlete at practice without the cheering crowds of fans.
- It is expectation of something different that keeps the overweight person failing at diet and exercise but getting back on the bandwagon again.
- It is the expectation of something different that keeps us looking at the same situation but continually going before God petitioning Him for change.
Almost Fainted But…
The Psalmist says he would have fainted if he had not believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (Ps 27:3). Faint means to lose consciousness or to weaken in purpose or spirit. He kept going because He expected God’s intervention. The enemy of our soul would like nothing more than for us to continually hop from one lane to another never doing a thing consistently enough to see real results. Lasting results don’t happen in a twinkling of the eye and it does not come from a quick-fix-potion. Rather it requires the ability to keep at the same thing over and over again despite the frustration of failure to see a physical manifestation of what you long for.
Our believing is the antidote for giving up on activities, goals, ministries, and even people. Am I suggesting that one should forever be doing the same old things? Not exactly. Instead we need the discernment to know when to hang on and when to let it go and move forward.
Staying in your own lane while you see others whizzing by can be disheartening but when we sense ourselves feeling the urge to give up, we need to check our focus. What we choose to focus on eventual determines the paths our feet will walk—whether that is completely off the track or continuing toward our goal. Knowing when to pack up and when to persevere is vital.