Rocks Again...


You know that saying that "Insanity is doing the same thing but expecting different results"? I do that a lot in my life. It's good in some situations and not in others. Sometimes perseverance does have a reward (the Bible teaches this) and sometimes it's beating a dead horse. It's not always easy to tell which it is, though. For instance, parenting has a lot of insanity in it - yet we should keep doing it ;-)

I continue to eat popcorn even though it always makes my stomach hurt. Yet I keep eating it, expecting that this time it won't. Duh. The popcorn is a metaphor for me. I'm evaluating which things I should persevere in that have reachable goals and which things are like eating popcorn, spiritually speaking.

And I've been thinking a lot about Charlie Brown on Halloween night out trick-or-treating. I've watched that video way more times than normal people. :-) Well, anyway, Charlie Brown keeps going up to houses, calling out "Trick or Treat" with the rest of the crowd, only to receive rocks.

"Rocks again..." says Charlie, with resignation.

Because I've watched this movie so many times, now when I watch I want to shout out,

"Charlie Brown!
Ditch the trick-or-treating!
It's not working for you, Charles.
Do something different.
Go to the Pumpkin Patch with Linus.
Carve a jack-o-lantern.
Why, oh why, oh why, Charlie Brown,
are you still trick-or-treating?"

The reality is, we gather our own rocks. But we don't have to.

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden


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