We've heard the definition of insanity, doing something over and over expecting the same result...but what if beating the proverbial 'dead horse' isn't that crazy?

Redefining Insanity

You’ve all heard the definition of insanity. It goes something like this:

Doing something over and over and expecting different results.

I’ve heard this saying a least a hundred times, but I’ve said it more! So, when I overheard a woman at the discount store say it I was caught off-guard at my mental response.

Here’s the story:

I am perusing the bookshelf at Saver’s near Austin, Texas when I see a mom and her adult daughter coming toward me.

Mom: (states name of book and author she is looking for).

Daughter: “You know the definition of insanity, right, mom? Doing something over and over and expecting different results?”

Mom: I’m just going to look for (repeats the books name while browsing).

Daughter: (Huffs)

And as soon as the daughter said the definition of insanity it was like something popped up in my spirit in defense of the mom and said:

“Or is it the definition of perseverance?”

It was so strong that I almost became one of those weirdos in the store that interjects her own two-cents into someone else’s conversation. And yes, I’ve been that annoying girl before.

I wanted the woman to find her book just to prove the definition wrong!

I thought about it long after the two women left the book aisle. What if all that I’m striving for…what if that thing I’m searching for and continue to feel like I’m banging my head against a brick wall is actually ON IT’S WAY? Many would say “give up, Elaine” or “don’t you think it would have happened by now if it was a God thing?” (Those might actually be the voices in my own head).

But then, I found a great bargain book, God’s Secret Agent*, and didn’t think about it much more until the next day during Sunday morning service when the preacher defined ‘perseverance’. He said:

Perseverance is holding on when everything else is telling you to give up. – Bill Muench(Click to Tweet)

His words confirmed what I believe the Spirit of God was saying to me about my own dreams.

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Don’t give up. You are not alone. Press on. I am in this.

And since God is “in” my dreams I can hold fast to this verse:

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6

Is this you? Are there dreams that God has placed in you but aren’t coming to pass? Do you feel like you’re beating a dead horse or wearing out your welcome with your prayers at the gates of Heaven? If so, share in my encouragement.

You aren’t crazy. Your actions are NOT the definition of insanity. You WILL see it happen.

One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”

Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”

Don’t be the one that is referenced at the end of this scripture (read the last sentence again if you skimmed over the passage like a bad Christian…jk, I do it too)! Be the one that keeps pressing on, that keeps the faith, despite everything else telling you to give up. Defy the odds!

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I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” Thomas A. Edison

Be like Thomas Edison (who allegedly wasn’t EVEN a Christian) and say:

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas A. Edison

(If a non-believer can think this, how much moreso should a believer think this!)

You’ve all heard the definition of insanity, but what if it really is the definition of perseverance of a faith-filled Christian? (Click to Tweet)

We've heard the definition of insanity, doing something over and over expecting the same result...but what if beating the proverbial 'dead horse' isn't that crazy?


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