The Definition Of Insanity

The wisest definition of insanity is simply:

Doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result (source unknown) 

But we wouldn’t know anything about that now would we? No, of course not. 

A year ago around this very date, I was planning a very last minute trip to Missouri to attend the Healing For The Nations October intensive retreat – an invitation from God to briefly escape the insanity cycle I had been riding for years. I left for the retreat feeling exhausted and so very tired of simply holding it altogether. Our family was without a permanent place to live, my husband had finally found temporary employment after seven months of absolutely no income, our newborn was diagnosed with hearing-loss and I had recently completed physical therapy learning how to walk again (you know…the normal stuff we all deal with). 

God literally moved mountains for me to attend this retreat at exactly His time. It both excites me and sends chills down my spine when I see His fingerprints all over this event in my life. 

It was here that I was able to freeze time briefly, put the cell phone away, grab His hand and simply learn what it means to take every thought captive. You see, I was able to see God in the most amazing ways that weekend, but there was one very practical take-away that I use on a daily even hourly basis. It’s questions from my Abba directly to me. Questions that help me to breakaway from the thought cycle of insanity – regardless of my life circumstances. 

Abba asks…

How does this situation make you feel?

What do you think this says about you?

What does this say about Me? 

What does this say about who I created you to be? 

There are more questions I have learned to humbly bring before my Abba as He continues to cleanse my mind with His promises. This retreat gave me the tools I needed to battle the insanity waging war in my mind and claimed my heart. These “whispers” stem from my time of questioning on a daily basis with my Abba – redefining myself continually as His child. 

He whispers to me:

Bethany, My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts…And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8, 9 NLT)

Easy…no. 

Defeating the insanity cycle…yes. 

By allowing Him to question my thoughts that trigger my explosion of emotions and actions, I can break the insanity cycle. I can remain grounded in His promises – His gentle whispers. Granted, there are times I lose that grip of trust, but I know how it feels to return in my brokenness and humbly be reconciled unendlessly as His daughter.  

 

Does life ever seem to be a cycle for you? How do you find God in the insanity? I’d love to hear from you! 

Bethany is an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. Bethany defines herself as a child of God who loves to use her passion for change to inspire others. She has overcome disabilities, wading through the trials and rewards of marriage and motherhood. She enjoys being a wife to Steve for 10 years and mother to three boys (ages 7, 5 and 2). She is a double brain cancer survivor, a 9 year veteran in the field of youth and children's ministry and has published poetry, featured blog posts for numerous ministry websites and children's ministry curriculum contributions. Bethany is currently working on her first book to be released this Fall as well as various freelancing projects. Bethany always welcomes new coaching clients and speaking opportunities!

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6 thoughts on “The Definition Of Insanity

  1. Good Saturday morning sweet sister!! I used to hear that definition of insanity all the time when I was attending secular 12 Step meetings for various things ;)-it makes total sense to me.
    When I am in the midst of that cycle and hopefully get a moment of clarity, I can usually back track and realize that it’s gotten that way because I stopped spending time with Abba each morning. REALLY sitting at His feet. Oh, I might be going through the motions, reading a devotion, saying a few prayers, just to say I did it, but not REALLY spending time with Him soaking in His wisdom, peace, grace, mercy and love.
    In fact, I had a day like that just yesterday. Today is a new day and as I write this I know it will be a much better day because I spent an hour with Abba BEFORE getting sukpcked into that cycle.
    Thank you so much for continuing to share your thoughts and life with us!

    • Nancy –
      You are so right! I’ve made the same discovery…when I intentionally make the time from the very start of my day to just come and rest in His arms, my day seems to be seen from a completely different viewpoint. With younger kids now, I get up early to sit and just be with Him, in His Word, soaking up my energy for a new day. When I run, I get the same interaction…I seriously can’t go a day without meeting with Him first or I get pulled helplessly back into that same insanity cycle.

      Well said friend!!

  2. I love the notion of taking the negative thoughts that come through our minds, and reverse them as if God is speaking directly to us. A friend of mine had me do the following exercise not two days ago: Write those thoughts on a piece of paper, pray over them, then with a very thick marker, write the word LIE over the top. Very empowering! And it’s a great visual to leave up on my bulletin board as a reminder when those thoughts come back. Love this story… Thanks so much for sharing your heart!

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