“Stupid, Stupid, Stupid!”

(Sigh) Yep, I did it again. Got myself into the same type of mess one more time.

It’s bad to make a poor choice or an unthinking mistake. But folks, it sure seems worse to repeat it. And that is exactly what I did. I was working in my little raised garden behind my house, totally involved in the task at hand. I was enjoying being elbow deep in dirt and plants, not even paying attention to the dirt and mud all around me.

Then I felt it. I had done it again! Stinging ants all over my hands.

Doesn’t that sound familiar to you? We make a mistake, or worse, we actually deliberately commit a sin and we have to bear the consequences of our actions. Those things do happen, and there is no one who can prevent those things from occurring in their life. But then, we turn around and do the same thing all over again!

What is wrong with us? Do we believe that things are gonna be different this time around…for doing the very same thing we did the first time?! Or do we think that the consequences will somehow hurt a lot less this time? Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Truth #1 is this: There are always consequences to our actions and decisions. Good decisions and actions usually bring better consequences in your life. Bad decisions and bad behavior will always bring on pain, you can count on it. No matter how badly we hope or wish it won’t happen…it will.

Truth #2: The same deed exacts the same type of result. It is inevitable. The old definition of insanity is “to do the same actions and hope for a different result.” That is a crazy way to live your life.

I can explain why this is a crazy way to live.

God is God, the absolute Creator and Controller of our earth. Sin always violates the Word of God. And violating the Word of God always demands a payment for that violation. So in my way of thinking, it is absolute craziness to keep deliberately sinning and expecting that there will be no consequences coming your way.

But sin can be forgiven with genuine repentance. A turn from living a sinful lifestyle and your deliberate turning to obey the God who loves you – that is genuine repentance.

I will definitely be looking closer when I am working in my garden. I do not want the consequences of pain, whelps, and scars that follow my poor choices of not looking ahead. I do not want to do this ever again.