The Past Revisted

Revisit your past and see if you see a pattern. Okay??!

2016-03-16 08.50.05Especially when you think about the phrase:

If I always do what I’ve always done
Then I’ll always get what I’ve always gotten.

Change nothing in the equation, and all things being equal, the results will be the same, maybe even identical. Think about it. Keep doing the same thing, but change the location, and the results will still be the same. Why?

You will always get what you put into the effort. 

Other than an altitude change, the same boxed cake mix will produce the same results – no matter where you bake it. For someone like Einstein or Edison, they understood that their results would not change unless they changed the equation or action going into the work.

The definition for insanity is simply doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results…

Think about all the patterns we use in life. Building instructions. Blueprints. Clothing patterns for sewing. Recipes. Songs with beats that we like and find others like them. Over and over again. We follow and look for pleasing patterns!

Even in the OT, the tabernacle was built after a pattern given by God. As they dismantled and reassembled it each time they moved, the pattern was there to show them what to do, and when to do it.

And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it. (Exodus 25:8-9 NKJV)

This reminds me of a young man who went into a movie theater to see a popular movie of the day. It showed a man riding a horse trying to get away from someone. He leans over to the person next to him and says, “I’ll bet you $5 that the rider will duck under that branch!” The man takes the bet. The rider does not duck and gets swept from the saddle. As he was paying the debt, the young man said, “I’ve watched this 10 times and you would think by now he’d learn to duck!”

It’s like the parrot in the picture. My granddaughter loves to play this game because the bird repeats everything you say. Make a rude noise, and it will repeat you verbatim. At least, in its own imitation of what noise you’ve made… It’s almost like this little phrase game from a long time back.

Pete and Repeat were sitting on a fence. Pete fell off. Who was left?

Sounds like a waste of time. Right? Well, if so why do we sing the same song about the 100 bottles of beer on the wall? Or that one about the rabbit that has no tail…Just a powdered puff. Same song. Different verse. Could get better but it’s gonna get worse. Rabbit ain’t got no tail at all….

The Apostle Paul speaks often about having a good pattern in our life…

  • Philippians 3:17 – Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.
  • 1 Timothy 1:16 – However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.
  • 2 Timothy 1:13 – Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
  • Titus 2:7 – in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility,

We need good patterns in our lives. Not just patterns that bring out a theory of life and living, but examples that take us down good paths of living better than we might live without… If there are patterns to use to make us better, then there are those patterns of life we should not follow. Again, Paul, deals with this.

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! (2 Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV)

Think about it for a moment. Good patterns. Bad patterns. You are what you pattern yourself after by those things, and people, you follow. Want to get better? Find a better pattern!