Can you relate?
I sure can.
We all make dumb mistakes – errors that leave us cringing afterward – But luckily for most of us, they are only temporary lapses of judgment – and easily remedied. Everyone would agree – dumb is just dumb.
But stupid is forever. These are the things that have long-term ramifications – and as former pastor Rick Ross used to say, “Stupid is as Stupid does” – it is so true. Oh you know what I mean. Those things or habits that we’ve come to know and even ‘cozied’ up to – blindly ignoring all warning signs that say, ‘STOP doing that!!’ It is then that we cross the line from dumb to stupid.
I’ve done everything that I could in the past to prevent me from going into stupid after visiting dumb – but I am human and even I have ventured into the scary dark abyss of stupid. Making friends with stupid is pretty dumb and no one in their right mind would do it. But I also know that I have done it – I’ve tasted dumb – and have not been satisfied with it – and so I’ve taken a drink from the ‘stupid kool-aid’ – unaware of the effects of it until much later. And sadly – sometimes getting rid of stupid takes forever.
Now the only way to combat stupid and stick to just plain dumb – is this: Don’t ignore the red flags and the little ‘ping’ you get in your stomach when going there. Be able to stop and run from stupid at a moment’s notice. And when you are around stupid people – don’t listen to them. They are usually as changeable as the wind – one minute your best friend – the next your most hated enemy. And stupid people will always make you feel like the stupid one. So beware. They are slick, fast talking, fair weather people – like the leaves on a tree – blowing any direction – with no stability. Watch out for them – don’t follow their advice or listen to what they say and stay away from people they hang out with – because most likely they’ve been drinking the ‘stupid kool-aid’ too. Ever tried reasoning with a stupid person? Yeah right. It’s impossible.
I will continue to be dumb – because I’m on a journey just like you. Mistakes and temporary lapses in judgment are part of my journey as an imperfect person. I also know there is much grace for me that is new every morning, and God’s love has been such a wonderful and reassuring security for my many mess-ups. Thank you Jesus! But I have also gone to the stupid level – and know the pain involved with trying to undo it – heal and be reconciled to situations and people and I can tell you first hand – it’s just not worth it – so I will be on guard and aware 24-7. And let’s face it – even if you decide against stupid – stupid will never let you forget. Not ever.
Dumb is temporary – Stupid is Forever