Reaction or Duplication
Reaction or Duplication
Reaction is the tendency of people eager to exit a situation. A child from a difficult home life will often react to the home conditions and move far from the home experience. He/she will tend to be as different as possible from the conditions at home and state that determination to anyone who will listen.
A more frequent situation, however, is duplication. The home situation is so ingrained into the consciousness of the person that the normal feelings actually reproduce the situation which they were eager to leave. So, children of poverty become the parents of poverty.
It takes intentional effort in a positive direction to make an informed decision about how to deal with troubling situations whether they be home, church, work, etc. How can that happen?
Choose the best of the past and incorporate that into the new venture. Where the past has been harmful, make sure to identify those areas and, if possible, eliminate them from life. Make sure also that, in the process, you learn the needed lessons from those harmful experiences.
Balance is the world. Balance in finding a way through the tendencies to be either a reaction or duplication. Both can lead to excesses and can lead you into more difficulty than the one you left.
The Bible is the answer. Renounce what is not Biblical. Enjoin what is Godly. Learn the lessons that God wants you to learn. Move on. Proceed with caution and faith that God will lead you correctly. Make sure that you think carefully and prayerfully about your motives and that you follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. It is the truth that will set you free. Free from the past. Free from accusations. Free to be the person God made you to be. That is why you must tell the truth. The truth about yourself. The truth about God. The truth about other people. The truth about accusations. The truth about your pains and joys. The truth about your own tendencies. The truth about decisions and plans.
Reaction and duplication are both wrong. They are both traps. You do not need them. You must avoid them. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” Follow Him as He speaks through the Scripture. Jesus said, “Thy word is truth.” Jesus is that Word. His way is right. His way is good. His way is salvation. Follow Him today.