Proverbs 26:11 Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.
Let’s be honest, we have all repeated a mistake or sin sometime in our lives. Sometimes we just don’t learn our lesson the first time around. Even after the second mistake some people go on to repeat their folly again and again. There are those who spend a life-time repeating their sins, again and again. In fact, their entire world becomes painted by their habitual foolishness.
The local homeless shelter staff come face to face with this truth lived out by those they help. Men and women addicted to drugs or alcohol find the folly of repeated drunkenness following them each day. Young men with open sores and other illnesses come and go from the shelter weekly, never considering the company they keep is contributing their declining health. These people return each day to the foolishness and sinfulness that has kept them homeless and wayward the greater part of their lives.
Insanity can be defined as doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results each time. So is the mind of many homeless men and women. They believe that coming in to get physically cleaned up, fed a few full meals, and sit in on a Bible study or two will bring a change to their lives. Yet in a few days they have left and gone back to the old way of life.
Let’s be honest, there are things in our lives we need to give up, forsake. We have been fools in repeating them over and over and expecting different results each time we tried to change. It’s time to place this thought process or behavior in God’s hands. Your hands haven’t handled it well so far, right?