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“Yesterday I forgot to do something I knew I should,” Stan began, “and it caused me a great deal of frustration and extra work.”
“What were you doing or not doing that caused the problems?” I asked.
“I had some photographs from a recent trip framed and I was trying to hang them on the wall in the den. There were several of them and I wanted to get them centered just right.”
“So what happened?”
“Are you familiar with the expression, “Measure twice, cut once”?
“Yeah,” I replied. “Make sure that what you are doing is right before you do it.”
“That’s exactly what I didn’t do,” Stan said. “I was too quick with my measuring before I started hammering in the picture hangers.”
“Bad result?” I asked.
“You are a master of understatement!” Stan replied with a smile.
“When I did the whole thing over, I measured and then I measured again. I repeated the whole process over and over until I was certain it was right before I started hammering.”
“Turn out better?” I asked.
“Nearly perfect,” Stan replied.
Shifting focus a bit, he added, “The apostle Paul addressed the matter of repetition in his letter to the church in Philippi. He said he did not mind repeating some things that he had already said because he knew it would be good for the readers of his letter.”
“Just like I could have avoided a lot of extra work in hanging the photographs had I followed the process of repetition in making sure I was right, hearing the same thing repeated by God is a very good thing because I tend to forget and, unfortunately, don’t always pay attention the first time I hear something.”
“Repetition of God’s truth is a very good thing. Can’t hear it too many times!”
Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble to me, and is a safeguard for you. Philippians 3:1.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you repeat yourself to me. You know and I know how I need to hear the same thing from you because I do not pay attention and I do not remember. Your repetition is necessary and welcome! Please repeat yourself to me as often as you know is necessary. And please open me to hear, listen, and embrace in obedience all you have for me. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.