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Tuesday, December 6, 2011


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“Familiarity breeds contempt. How accurate that is. The reason we hold truth in such respect is because we have so little opportunity to get familiar with it” - Mark Twain

Familiarity breeds contempt is an idiom that has caused intellectuals to spend many hours in contemplation the result of which has added to and taken from the original intent.

The first thing to consider is “does it make sense? Mel Schwartz says “Perhaps we'd be better off saying mediocrity or unhappiness breeds contempt.” Perhaps it is unrequited “Me first” demands that are the culprit.

This quote can be applied to many scenarios anywhere from courtship to business relationships. My purpose is to digest this as applied to our relationship with GOD.

I myself being the guinea pig I start at the beginning before I received “The new creation experience.” Being in a “lost” condition I tried to compensate by doing some of the things my fellow travelers did to block out this inner misery.

Then came the day when I found what my soul desired which was a right relationship with GOD. I was awe struck by what had happened to me but over the years the memory of being lost and the feeling associated with it faded away.

When my spiritual life became my norm the excitement wore off and the temptation to enter the “ho-hum” stage was at hand.

In marriage a similar thing can happen where you become so used to one another you hardly acknowledge each other’s presence. At this time you are a victim of negative familiarity and at best it allows passivity to set in. The answer to this is to always see value in the other party and act accordingly. It may be time to experience new things together.

Fortunately our spiritual life is designed to be new every day and exude life more abundantly. This is “positive familiarity,” and is promoted by daily prayer and worship that expects things to happen. By reading and studying GOD’S word and letting it speak to you will inject a newness and excitement into your spiritual life and exuberance that will be a refreshing of your soul.

We need to understand there is no excuse for “ho-hum” in the Christian walk for there are too many battles to be fought and victories to be won.

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