God’s Word for Today: Again. In our week of over, we have to acknowledge over’s brother, again. Again is a word, just like over that is difficult not to repeat again, again, and again. Or, in combination, “I was told to do it over, again.”
Anyone who has been involved in any type of athletic training, or even musical training has been thru the mundane of repetitiveness. You are instructed to practice the same technique over and over, again and again, until you get it right. And then, you still repeat over and over, again and again until it becomes second nature. Pretty soon, you are able to perform at a level above most because you have practiced over and over, again and again.
Even the simple task of typing. Which, somewhere after the introduction of the computer became “keyboarding” instead of typing, is a function that if practiced over and again, becomes second nature. I don’t know if I was lucky, blessed, or by simple coincidence, I learned correct keyboarding skills. My fingers never had the privilege or need to strike a key until my first classes at school in 8th grade. I hadn’t learned any bad habits from a tablet or cellular keyboard. Our instructor was one Mr. Harold Potthoff. He taught us from day one, the correct way to type. He instilled the importance of not looking at your fingers while you typed. That simple detail took a person from 30 or 40 words a minute to easily over 100 words per minute. I can still hear his command, “Eyes on the copy……….. begin.”
I was also fortunate to have went thru a few years of piano lessons prior to Mr. Potthoff’s demands, so I already had the concept of not looking at my fingers as they worked their magic. Well, that really doesn’t describe my piano playing. Bill and Peggy (my brother and sister) did work magic with the piano. But me, well let’s say the typewriter was more my forte. The artistic side of my brain just never quite got the switch turned on. But typing words to script, I can fly.
This is all thanks to Mr. Potthoff’s continual instruction over and over, again and again. Back in the day, it was a requirement to have 2 years of typewriter, I’m sorry, keyboarding class. Every day I sit at the computer, I am thankful that I don’t have to look down at the keyboard to manufacture words. My neck would sure get tired looking down, looking up, over and over, again and again. It just would not be very productive
Matthew 27:30. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.
Now we look at again and again in a different light. Or rather, more in the dark. Jesus suffered horribly. An innocent man was beaten and flogged, over and over, again and again. But why?
This question, I have a good handle on the answer. Every time I have chosen my own path, it is like I am beating Jesus with a staff again and again. I don’t want to. I really don’t mean to. Jesus is a pretty cool dude. He has saved me from a certain death. Jesus has taken away my pain and blessed me with grace.
But then I turn around and beat Jesus again and again. I choose to follow the desires of this world. It has always gotten me in trouble. It has always turned my life upside down. It has always put me in the darkest places. For some reason though, I continue to fail over and over, again and again.
This repetitiveness is supposed to bring rewarding and positive results. Oh, that’s right. That only works when you are repeating rewarding and positive things. The best part is, you have been given the option to make that happen. God knew that you would fail over and over, again and again. That’s why He sent Jesus to this world. Poor Jesus took the brunt of our mistakes on His shoulders. He paid the price of His life for you and me.
Today, realize that throughout your life, there is going to be a lot of over and over, again and again. The best part is you have 2 choices. One, you can keep your eyes on God, and your life will flow like words in a script. There will still be hiccups just like I make typing mistakes, your life isn’t going to be perfect. I guarantee it is going to be a whole lot smoother. Or, you can keep looking down at worldly things, then look up to see where you are, then back down, then up, over and over, again and again. Sooner or later you realize you are not getting anywhere considering all the effort you are putting in. So today, try putting your “eyes on the copy (God)”………..begin………..
Prayer: Dear God, here I go again. Over and over I keep falling. I can’t seem to keep my focus on you God. Forgive me for my continual beating of Jesus with a stick. I don’t mean to Lord. I don’t want to Lord. I really want to keep my eyes on you. But, I have been looking at desires of this world for a long time. I pray that today, we start over. I want to learn to live in your presence. I want to keep my eyes on your Goodness, Lord. Only with your instruction can I keep my focus on you. Over and over, again and again, in Jesus name I pray. Amen.