Monday, April 27, 2015
Our Nutty Robin
Do you know what the definition of insanity is? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.
We have a robin that defines this definition perfectly. Seriously. It is mating season here and this irritating bird is trying to protect his territory from other males. He perches in a tree by our tall window on our landing, keeping watch. Unfortunately for us, he keeps seeing his reflection in the glass and so he attacks the bird he thinks he sees. Hitting our window with his beak and his body. Over and over again.....and again...ALL day long. He is acting out the definition of insanity while slowly driving Joel and I crazy in the process.
How many of us can identify with this nutty robin? Not with the need to protect territory, but in the actions we take. How many of us keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results?
Yeah. We have all been there. We may not want to reveal those patterns of insanity we all experience, but if we take off the shades and look into our hearts, we can see them.
Maybe it is how we view the world. Maybe it is how we interact with people, or in relationships. Maybe it is how we live life. We do the same thing over and over again.....hoping for different results.
In the Bible, Jesus really shook things up. He did not speak one way, He did not heal one way, He did not live a predictable life. He did what His Father called Him to do and He asked the same of His followers. Scary, right? But if we follow Jesus, if we are obedient and surrender to His will, opening our ears and our hearts to hear Him? Maybe, just maybe a breakthrough will come in one of those areas where our actions define insanity.
Truth be told, we may still look a bit crazy or west of weird, but we won't be living like our nutty robin outside the window. Doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results.