insanity

some days i think i’m going insane, ifffff…
insanity is ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’ [at one time, Albert Einstein was given credit for this quote]

“brush your teeth, change your clothes, get ready for school, put your shoes on, brush your hair, do your homework, don’t whine, don’t fight, don’t mess around – just GO to the bathroom if you need to…”

i tell my kids the same thing over and over and over again – every day – expecting this time they will do what i am asking them to do without my having to repeat myself over and over and over again. i’m expecting different results, right? daily, i do the same tasks over and over and over again – the dishes don’t disappear, the laundry won’t wash itself, the bills won’t pay themselves. insanity, right?

a few weeks ago, i began the work out program insanity
i love running. and usually that’s my exercise of choice
but i realized i needed to do something different, if i was expecting different results. 
so the insanity began.
i’ve peed my pants while doing the jumps.  [sorry, tmi] after having 3 babes au natural, this happens.
i’ve sweat more profusely than any other time in my life. i’ve debated taking a shower before and after the workout because of the insane amount of sweating with this workout. 
i’ve never sounded more ridiculous while trying to be healthy. seriously, these power and diamond jumps evoke weird noises when you’re giving your all to this work out. 
buuut… if i’m working out in the evening – and then eating noodles for dinner at 10pm – it might be, just might be, pointless.
so i’m working out with insanity and i’m expecting different results.

buuut… insanity is not really ‘doing the same thing(s) over and expecting different results’.
insanity is actually defined as:

1) a deranged state of the mind usually occurring as a specific disorder (as schizophrenia)

2) such unsoundness of mind or lack of understanding as prevents one from having the mental capacity required by law to enter into a particular relationship, status, or transaction or as removes one from criminal or civil responsibility
3) a: extreme folly or unreasonableness



 b: something utterly foolish or unreasonable


the insanity work out program is centered on exercises which work on/from your core. physically, our core is primarily what keeps us together.
it is all about your posture, keeping the correct posture for each exercise, and making sure your core is always in check.

whether you’ve been exercising a long time, or never have, our physical core needs the most focus. everything hinges on our core.

so what about our spiritual core?
we have to maintain our spiritual core, keep it in check, and work on having a correct core posture, or it will get flabby and out of shape and cause us heart problems… hmm… the same as our physical core.

my hearts core desire is to maintain a spiritual posture of surrender. 
if i am surrendered to God, i can fully abide in Him, lean on Him to keep my spiritual core in check and trust the Holy Spirit to convict me of sin.

there are many things that can impact the deterioration of our spiritual core… leading to sin – and even insanity. 
one of the most disruptive areas of sin that can absolutely crush our spiritual posture of surrender, is pride. 
pride is the polar opposite of surrender. 
part of our spiritual work out plan should be to keep our pride ‘in check’.

how can we avoid insanity? 
in the same way a physical work out needs to be maintained on a regular basis, keeping our spiritual core in check is a continuous activity.
this can’t just happen in a church service on christmas, easter, or even once a week on sunday mornings…
sin never takes a day off.
how do we maintain a healthy spiritual core? everyday we must be spending time in God’s Word, in worship, in a posture of surrender.

in the Bible we can read of King Nebuchadnezzar, who was filled with pride. even after he saw the miraculous works of God and praised Him, still his own heart was filled with pride. he was humiliated, stripped of his rulership, and… eventually he went insane. {Daniel 4:28-37 NKJ}

The king spoke saying, “is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty? While the word was still in the kings mouth, a voice fell from heaven: ‘King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you!”… that very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.


we are responsible for our core posture.
physically, we need to maintain an exercise routine and build up our core posture.
spiritually, we need to maintain our core posture of surrender unto the One true God.

it’s never too late to start building your healthy core posture. 
physically, start today – start with 1 mile – 25 sit ups – 10 push ups – whatever you can do. just do it.
spiritually, start today – read your Bible for 15 minutes – pray for 10 minutes – take 5 minutes to listen to a worship song.

there is always hope for physical and spiritual restoration.

“at the end of time I, Nebuchadnezzar lifted my eyes to heaven and my understanding returned to me. I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever… at the same time my reason returned to me… now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. and those who walk in pride He is able to put down.”

what’s your spiritual posture? how are you maintaining your spiritual core?

thank you for reading 🙂 as always, feel free to comment, share and follow this blog.

In Him, Leslie

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