It is Monday and it’s time start my diet, start working out, quit watching football, and a hundred other promises to improve and seek out behavior that accomplishes my goals. Then quicker than you can say “Jack Robinson,” I go back on my good intentions. My Chicago Bears are playing tonight, we have some oatmeal raisin cookies left over from the kids being over during Florence, and it really is too hot and humid to take a walk.
We all remember Einstein saying, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting the same result.” Yet my life pattern would say, “I’d rather be insane than change.”
This morning, I remembered that after Moses lead the Israelites out of bondage his people quickly turned on him and said, “we want to go back to slavery.” Talk about insanity, but it is a good example of how strongly we resist change. Perhaps that’s why going to the monastery, a health spa, a quiet retreat, etc. has so much appeal. Although, the human condition resists change for the better, there is an equal and opposite force drawing us to change.
No matter how strong the pull of inertia in our life there is an even stronger force — the force of becoming the person God wants and intended you to be. That’s why God gave us Mondays.
PS: Thanks for the notes and emails and inquiring about our safety during Florence. We are okay, counting our blessings, and praying for all those on the coast and further inland who begin to rebuild there whole lives again this Monday. Talk about change?