“As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly” (Proverbs 26:11).
Time to ask myself…do I continue to repeat my foolishness? Am I as ignorant/senseless as a dog? Do I keep doing what I know isn’t healthy or productive for me?
I’d like to think of myself as having more intelligence than an animal. Unfortunately, there are times I return to tempting circumstances or people without regard to the consequences. Statistics say if you repeat a certain pattern over and over that you’re likely to embrace the new pattern as habit. The key is to repeat positive patterns vs. self-centered ones. Then I must practice those positive traits.
True wisdom and wise living comes only from God and emulating a godly pattern of living. Filling my mind with whatever is true, right, pure, lovely, or praiseworthy is the way to acquiring God’s peace in my life.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).