Over and over they run those laps, repetitiously they study those lines, 15 sets of crunches tightens the tummy. Time and again they teach how to solve the same problem and so it goes, repeat after me, repetition sells, repetition works. McDonald's knows it, Delta knows it, Toyota surely does. The politicians bombard us with ads during the campaign because they also know that repetition sells and elects!
Guess what, Budweiser knows it too. So does your local drug dealer. If they can get into your mind that you can drink responsibly, or that you can manage your heroin use, then repeated use of these things becomes an insane repetition that leads to incarceration, institutional restriction, or death. Pick your addiction, it usually all has the same outcome.
We have to change the repetition of the mind when this happens by changing what we put between our ears. Start with selling yourself on you. That's right, step up to the mirror as soon as possible and say, I am worthy, I am a warrior, I am a good person, I am a child of a God who loves me deeply. Repeat often. The more you feel good about you, the less you will treat yourself badly.
We need a Repetition Redirection when our minds are too influenced toward whatever destructive behavior we have.
When those teachers taught us to memorize Bible verses, they actually work when we keep throwing them at the situation. "Draw near to God and he will draw near to you, resist the devil and he will flee from you". Over and over until we believe. Selling ourselves on us and the God in us can flush out the addiction attraction and bring in the new and improved us. Sound too simple?
If we believed Jesus healed the wild man in the cemetery, turned a prostitute into an institute, calmed an angry sea, raised a man from the dead, then why can't he turn our mind into a sanctuary of spiritual repetition? Over and over we do good, over and over we see good, and over and over we see Him in us.
The answer, yes he can, yes he will. Why did he pound the folks he spoke with parable after parable with essentially the same outcome? He was the master of repetition and redirection of minds. He was the master at planting the seed of God into a mind so that it would repeat itself to others.
The Repetition Redirection comes about with the renewal of our minds, and there is no mind God cannot reach, over and over again!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.