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Have you ever wondered why you go through the same problems over and over again? Have you thought about why, like the children of Israel, you seem to keep walking around that same old mountain and repeating the same mistakes? There IS an answer!
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Repeating the Same Mistakes In Life – Own Them!
We all make mistakes! We are human after all! But the question is, do we learn from them or do we continue to repeat the same mistakes over and over again?
Do we blame other people for our mistakes or do we really own them? If you make a habit out of blaming other people or blaming your circumstances in life you miss out on the potential lessons God is trying to teach YOU!
Don’t Be Ashamed of Repeating the Same Mistakes!
When we don’t accept them, we run the risk of repeating the same mistakes time and time again! It is ok to make them!! We shouldn’t be ashamed of mistakes and failures! Failure means you tried! What matters is whether or not you let your failures defeat you and define you!
We can wallow in our mistakes but that profits us nothing! Seeking God and the lesson He has for you in the mess is what helps us move on and avoid those same pitfalls next time!
Facing your failures and mistakes is so important if we want to move on from them and learn the lessons God has for us IN them!
If you keep experiencing the same problems in your life, it could be that you have avoided addressing them!
It could be that you chose murmuring and complaining about them instead!
Repeating the Same Mistakes in Life – Murmuring and Complaining
Ever take to social media to air your dirty laundry? Ever pen one of those elusive “vaguebook” posts in an attempt to garner attention?
I get it! Sometimes when we go through some stuff we just want to feel like someone cares! So we pull that out of people by making them have to ask us what is wrong.
Come on, can I get an amen?
The Israelites murmured and complained constantly and it kept them walking around that same old mountain for 40 years!
What mountain do you keep walking around?
The Israelites murmured and complained constantly and it kept them walking around that same old mountain for 40 years! What mountain do you keep walking around?
What is Murmuring?
Not sure if you are a murmurer? Well, let’s define it for you and see!
Dictionary.com defines it as
a mumbled or private expression of discontent
So the online equivalent of that is vaguebooking! We are making a seemingly private complaint but in the hopes that someone, anyone, asks us to elaborate!
The Children of Israel
The Israelites did some murmuring but for the most part, they outwardly complained! They complained to Aaron, they complained to Moses and they complained to God!
“In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron.” NIV
That about sums it up!
“…and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” ESV
So what does God do? He sends them food! He sends manna!
They complain after a while of the manna. God sends them quail.
God is, over time, growing quite tired of their complaining.
“And the people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp.” ESV
What is murmuring going to do for you? I think it is safe to say, God does not tolerate murmuring and complaining for very long. You will stay stuck if you make it a habit to complain about your problems versus facing them and taking them to God!
Don’t miss the lesson or the test God has for you in the mistake! Seek Him in prayer and ask Him what He wants you to take from it. The great thing about God is we may fail by the world’s standards, but we never fail with Him. Like Joyce Meyer says, we just get to keep taking the test over again!
So, stop walking around that mountain and take your cares, your failures, your mistakes to the One who tells you to cast them onto Him!
The online equivalent of murmuring is vaguebooking! We are making a seemingly private complaint but in the hopes that someone, anyone, asks us to elaborate!
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