verb re·run \(ˌ)rē-ˈrən\
· : to do or run (something) again
Boys and Girls today’s word is “rerun”…can you use rerun in a sentence?
Let’s go together to dissect this little word with a HUGE impact…(courtesy of Merriam-Webster).
I don't know about you, but when I hear the word, "rerun", I think of 1980's T.V. shows and the show, "What's Happening" with the heavy set guy who was always smiling and dancing. What about you?
Related words are reproduction, replay, and, I will take academic liberty and add, INSANITY, which Albert Einstein defines as “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Now, I don’t know about you, but "insanity" sounds almost exactly like "rerun" to me!
Why am I sharing this? Well, I believe in transparency, accountability and declaration.
I spent the greater part of last year, seeking God, begging God and pleading with God to reveal the depth, height, width and length of His love for me. I did this because, things were hard for me and for us in many areas-financially, relationally, physically, parentally, etc.
However, it was difficult to walk through the specific tests and trials because what they revealed was, I still had areas where I wasn't fully trusting God. I thought I was. I was looking out and not listening up.
- I still had problems looking at what He was doing in others lives and wondering if He’d forgotten me altogether.
- I often felt like I had to defend my choices and outcomes to people who refused to hear and understand that the things I was doing were in alignment with what God was saying even if they didn't ’t agree, see or believe; and, at times the lack of immediate fruitfulness caused me to temporarily doubt whether or not I’d heard him clearly.
- I had tons of "to do's" and vision boards and lists that seemed to grow more stale and more massive by the day as I struggled to find time to "do it all" and, more...and hope that it worked.
I thank God for this because, through it all, I grew tons and I matured.
Yesterday, I felt that same insidious lie trying to creep back in and undermine all of the great work God did in maturing me in these areas last year. But, such a grief came over me because the Holy Spirit was pressing on me that what I was sensing was a familiar spirit...one of "sabotage" to come in and undermine this "new baby" in my life. If I fell for this lie, I could very easily find myself in a "rerun", thereby living last year ALL over again! Well, the devil is a liar and a defeated foe!
The wisdom of Proverbs tells us that there is safety in a multitude of counselors. I won't lie, it got me down for a minute. I cried and I had to lay down for a minute and go "black ops" (meaning cut the lights off, step back and assess.....what is really going on? God is this the truth?)
I sought God and I prayed and God confirmed to me...He said, "follow me and the path I laid out for you!" It's okay to ask man, however, the answers have to align with God's original vision and plan for my life. There must be alignment and agreement with the Spirit.
Given that, as we go towards bringing those dreams and visions to pass, no matter the counsel or opinions we receive, it is the Lord’s purpose that will stand and this shall be our main guide as we pursue (Proverbs 19:21). Otherwise we could end up in yet another of life's “reruns”. God forbid.
I am not one to get all moony over new years resolutions and what not, however, I do believe in the power of declarations. I declare:
“This year will NOT be a “rerun” of last year!
We will not “rerun” the same emotions and erroneous thoughts through our heads!
We will not “rerun” the same list of lies the enemy tells us regarding what we can't do and who God is!
We will “not rerun” to people to confirm the words, guidance and direction given to us by a Holy, Omnipresent, Omniscient and loving God, unless He directs us to do so.
Lastly, We will not rerun becoming paralyzed with fear, failure, confusion and lack"!
The Bible agrees…check this out:
Job 22:28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended it, but this one thing I do: forgetting those things, which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.
I want you to know that no matter how intelligent we are, how spiritual we are or what have you, we can still fall prey to reruns in our life.
Let us be transparent when we find ourselves in the midst of the “familiar” so that we can be held accountable to continue to be led by the Spirit of God and not man; and so that we can continue to walk forward in the things we declare- (meaning-to say (something) in a strong and confident way).
I don't know if this serves you at all, but it helped me to share...
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Dr. Patrice J. Carter, CPLC
Breakpoint Coaching and Speaking