Facebook is telling me that I’m repetitive. Each day my decade of memories come up and I find that I’ve said the same thing multiple years in a row, or I think to myself, “Yep, I just said that again yesterday.” How boring!
I look through the posts I’ve written over the years and my initial reaction is to rack my brain with something new to say.
Because “new” is better. The new is always coupled with improved, right? New packaging. New formula.
We want to watch the latest show, have the newest phone, decorate in the latest style, wear the latest fashion (Of course, fashion is often not new. I have some many thoughts on the fact that “mom jeans” are all the rage right now. They were ugly and unflattering the first time and I know this because an SNL skit from 2003 said so, but by all means let’s do it again.)
Yet there’s nothing new under the sun. Is repetition necessarily bad? Well, if it’s brussel sprouts for dinner, then yes. If it’s the macarena, heck yeah! Do not repeat.
But there are some things worth repeating – a favorite movie that we’ve seen a thousand times until we’ve memorized every line; a song or album that we listen to over and over until the melody and the lyrics become a part of us; a favorite landscape that fills the camera roll because we are awed each time we encounter it. In fact, I make the same drive twice a week out to the hills of northwest Connecticut. Those last few miles of the trip, a stream meanders beside the road. I want to stop and take a picture in the same spot nearly every time.
Paul Cézanne painted the same mountain in France 60 times over 10 years. He was enamored with Mont Sainte-Victoire. He wanted to capture it’s beauty on repeat.
Likewise there are things we need to say repetitively: I love you. I’m here for you. I value you. We can’t hear these things enough and so we should never stop saying them.
God understands our human need for repetition. He repeated truth to us throughout scripture.
Here are some truths we all need to hear on repeat:
- God sees you and loves you.
- We are saved by God’s grace alone and no action of our own.
- We are created with unique gifts for a purpose.
- We should shun comparison and embrace encouragement.
What are some of the truths that you’ve needed on repeat in order to remember them?
How do you create the repetition needed to commit them to both heart and mind?