Repetition as Safeguard5
Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.
- Philippians 3:1
Paul saw repetiton as a safeguard for his friends.
We live in a world that is constantly trying to crush our joy. It is no easy thing to remember the bigger story into which your life has been woven. Life has a way of hardening us.
Embracing the value of repetition corrects our spiritual A.D.D. We forget the goodness of the gospel every day. When that happens, we become functional atheists.
We might say that we believe in God, but we live as if the only true reality is ourselves and whatever's happening right in front of us. We lose touch with the things that make life worth living: grace, mystery, wonder, redemption, love, and the person of Jesus who is the source of it all.
If we let it, repetition pulls us back to a healthier place.
Repetition allows us to re-engage with the mystery and wonder of our faith ... and with the person who stands at the center of our faith, Jesus. To paraphrase one commentator, we never move on from Jesus, only to a more profound understanding and appreciation of him.
We're never "done" with the gospel. We are always pressing further up and farther into the gospel and discovering that there are infinite fresh applications of it in our lives.
How can we remain soft-hearted and open-eared to familiar stories, words and truths? What disciplines might be useful for this?
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