How to Make a Monster

As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.  - Proverbs 26:11

When we think of monsters we tend to think of a dark laboratories, mad scientists, and experiments gone horribly wrong.    It all sounds like science fiction, but it is not all lightning rods, neck bolts, and corpses being brought back to life... in truth, we make monsters all the time.

At some point in your past, you were doing something that you decided you should not be doing.  You made the decision to quit, to turn away and walk away from that life.  It felt wonderful to finally be free from your vice.  You embraced opportunity, the new life that came with it, and you laid your old habits to rest.

Then, some time later, like a haunting cry from the grave, your old ways called to you. It is said that old habits die hard, and when they are finally dead, sometimes they don't stay that way.

In the famous story, Dr. Frankenstein robbed graves, collected dead body parts, and stitched them together to create his monster.   When we return to our bad habits we are essentially doing the same thing. We are attaching, or stitching, dead things on our living body.  We have made a monster.

So when your old ways start calling to you, remember Proverbs 26:11, only a fool returns to his folly, (his or her misdeeds.)

Readers, what do you think?  What are the best ways to avoid falling back into a bad habit?  What are some ways to overcome after you have returned to a folly?

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