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Avoiding the Deep Hole in the Sidewalk

Albert Einstein said that “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Many of us fall into that same trap. We think that this time things will be different. But sadly, most times the result is the same, and it often causes harm to us and others. And soon we find ourselves doing and saying things that six months ago we would have said “no way” to. The line of what is acceptable gets moved little by little and pretty soon we find ourselves in a deep hole wondering how we got there. It is often “death by inches.” This next story wonderfully describes how to avoid death by inches.

 

 “Autobiography in Five Short Chapters”

by Portia Nelson

 

CHAPTER ONE

I walk down the street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I fall in.

I am lost…I am helpless.

It isn’t my fault.

It takes forever to find a way out.

CHAPTER TWO

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I pretend that I don’t see it.

I fall in again.

I can’t believe I am in the same place.

But, it isn’t my fault.

It still takes a long time to get out.

CHAPTER THREE

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk

I see it is there.

I still fall in…it’s a habit.

My eyes are open.

I know where I am.

It is my fault. I get out immediately.

CHAPTER FOUR

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I walk around it.

CHAPTER FIVE

I walk down a different street.

 “There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery.” Hillsboro, Ore.: Beyond Words Publishing, Inc., 1993

 

We encourage you to take an honest assessment of the things you do, say, eat, drink, ingest, and watch, and if any of those things continually cause you to trip and fall, then ask God to give you the wisdom and courage to chart a new course. It is never too late to take different street.

k15888038We need to avoid those streets that look safe and inviting but lead us straight into temptation and sin. In Proverbs 4:14-15 we read this warning, Don’t take Wicked Bypass; don’t so much as set foot on that road. Stay clear of it; give it a wide berth. Make a detour and be on your way (MSG).”

Dave Garrett

6/16/2015

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