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DUST IN THE WIND by Jacquelin Stoner

How does one break the cycle of repeating the same things over and over again?

Read: Genesis 2:15-17; Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

Reflect: The premise of the movie “Groundhog Day” is “A weather man is reluctantly sent to cover a story about a weather forecasting "rat" (as he calls it). This is his fourth year on the story, and he makes no effort to hide his frustration. On awaking the 'following' day he discovers that it's Groundhog Day again, and again, and again. First, he uses this to his advantage, then comes the realization that he is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the same place, seeing the same people do the same thing EVERY day. —Rob Hartill

         Sadly, our world is “Groundhog Day” in the flesh and we prove that when we individually keep making the same bad decisions over and over again. It goes straight back to the Garden of Eden. God only gave Adam one command, one injunction, one directive. How simple could life be? Yet Adam disobeyed; he made a deliberate choice. God’s lovely, perfect, incredible creation became doomed through Adam’s a decision to walk away from the Creator God. The truth is that any of us living in that paradise of a garden would have made the same decision as Adam. Sadly, due to sin we are but a dim memory of Adam’s beauty. We individually repeat the sin process over and over every day of our lives. We have been born into a world which is “doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the same place, seeing the same people do the same thing EVERY day.” That is our lot apart from Jesus Christ. There is no hope without the One Who paid the price to break the cycle.  We keep trying the same Band-Aids for the sin problem and have collective amnesia that without Jesus there is no reconciliation with God.

How does one break the cycle of repeating the same things over and over again? Only by handing every inch and scrap of one’s life over to Jesus, the Creator, who can make all things new. He paid the price so that we can have hope. All He is asking is that we give up the reins and let Him lead. Stop picking from the tree; instead decide to run to the Savior. “Vanity of vanities! All [that is done without God’s guidance] is vanity [futile, meaningless—a wisp of smoke, a vapor that vanishes, merely chasing the wind].” 

Apply: How about having some quality honest conversations with God? Has your life become just an endless cycle of mistakes? Try handing the reins over to Christ. Let Him call the shots and ask for His power to obey right away. When Adam was faced with his decision in the Garden, He never bowed the knee and asked God for help. He just saw what he could not have and, in his decision, he broke perfect communion with God. Don’t repeat Adam’s sin because “All [that is done without God’s guidance] is vanity [futile, meaningless—a wisp of smoke, a vapor that vanishes, merely chasing the wind].”


Jacqui Stoner is a committed Christ follower has a great love of people, passion for communicating, and she treasures creativity. She is a Christian Life Coach, helping women navigate transitions https://leaningforwardwithjoy.com/ As you can tell, life is never boring with Jacqui. You can reach her at leaningforwardwithjoy@gmail.com