Groundhog Day


How often have we repeated the same mistake , wondering if we would ever get it right?

Several years ago, “Groundhog Day,” starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, was released. The movie become a classic. We see our star caught in a time loop and reliving the same day over and over again. Eventually, he re-examines his life, makes changes and finally gets it “right.” The movie parallels personal growth and correct behavior in a most humorous way.

When we find ourselves making the same error, it’s not funny; often it’s tragic. Is there a way to “get it right the first time?” If we heed the advice offered in the Proverbs, we may avoid, or shorten, the “time loop” of errors we catch ourselves in.

Scripture has a lot to say about wisdom, so I started an in-depth study of the Proverbs this year.  I want godly wisdom to be my guide. I don’t want to make mistakes. So here are a few verses I’ve pondered. I would love to know what Scripture references come to your mind.

James 1:5

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it be given will to you.

James 3:17

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

Proverbs 3:13-18

13 Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.

Proverbs 19:20

Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.

Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

I’m blessed to have the counsel of my Lord and Savior, through His Word and prayer. But He also speaks to me through the godly relationships I have cultivated throughout the years. Our friends are more than someone to have a good time with. God often speaks to me through them. Thank the Lord for your friends, and nurture those relationships. They are a lifeline.

May we all walk wisely.

(Reblogged and adapted from February 2, 2013).


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7 thoughts on “Groundhog Day

  1. It is crazy how long it takes us sometimes to fix our same old problems and once we focus on God more and read His words of wisdom we look back and wonder, why did I let that hurdle be so big. good read! =-) Love the book of James.

  2. I love this movie, but this post was such a “duh” moment for me in that I never saw myself as Bill Murray’s character. But we all are, aren’t we? I love Proverbs 9:10 – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” – because I think our culture has stripped us of the fear of just how mighty and awesome He is!

  3. I love the Book of James! That is actually the ongoing subject of my daily devotional series at the moment…I really enjoyed your thoughts on it and Proverbs. Loved the Groundhog Day illustration too.

  4. Great word! My Scripture of thought is: 2 Cor: 2:13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.


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