Life as a River
"Familiarity Breeds Contempt"
That old phrase came to my mind ‘at random’ the other day. I am finding that in this ‘season of my life’, there are many ‘random’ thoughts floating through on their way to who knows where? Anyway, I began to research the origin and meaning of the phrase.
I went to my most trusted source for these type of answers - GOOGLE - and found the following:
is widely credited to the traditional translation of Aesop’s fable “The Fox and the Lion,”
from @ 620 - 564 B.C., which reads:
Familiarity desensitizes us to danger or evil.
The more familiar you become with someone, the more you start taking liberties in how you interact with them... less polite, less gracious, more teasing, more rude because you can impose on the familiarity. Or you take them for granted, in ways in which you would not immediately interact with a stranger, until you become more familiar with them.
Familiarity desensitizes us to the positives in the situation or the relationship.
We either take them for granted, or we are disgusted by them.
As we live life, have we become so desensitized
to Satan, that we don’t even fear him or recognize
the danger he wishes to impose?
As we live in relationship with Jesus, through the Holy Spirit,
have we become desensitized to the point that we either take
Him for granted, or even are disgusted by His guidance in our lives?
My Prayer Today
“Lord, may my relationship with you grow day by day in every way. Keep me from becoming desensitized to temptation, and may I never take for granted your love for me. Continue to teach me that you desire
obedience more than ritual or sacrifices. And may I always be aware that the ‘Joy of the Lord is my strength’.”