Originally published Thursday, 19 July 2018.
In the old days, the 70s, music was played on a record player or a phonograph. A record was a round flat disc with a small hole at its center that was used to place it on the turntable. As the turntable rotated, the needle would touch the record, producing sound. If there were a flaw in the record, at each rotation the music would skip. In order for this to stop, the needle had to be lifted and placed on a better part of the record.
Sometimes in life, we sound like broken records - repeating the same thing over and over again with little variation. What leads us to this circular state? Do we feel unheard? Is our message essential and no one is receptive?
When you constantly tell your children to pick up after themselves, yet they don't - a broken record.
When you ask your spouse to be on time, yet it doesn't happen - a broken record.
When you've suggested a better option at work, with no acknowledgment - a broken record.
When you tell your close circle of friends your relationship woes each time you get together - a broken record.
In all of these scenarios, you are talking to the wrong person. The next time you feel yourself spinning like a broken record, stop. Take the needle off the record and look up to God. Pour it all out - your frustration, anger, your minimized feelings, what you wish would happen. Pour it all out. Then pause and listen. Ask God for the wisdom to deal with the situation. Perhaps it requires you changing your tactics; perhaps someone else will step in with the same message, perhaps you never mention it again, perhaps the solution has not materialized as yet.
Recognize that you are important and what you are saying is important but be willing to live with an outcome that you may not have had in mind. If what you're saying is important enough, you will be heard and acknowledged, eventually. It's dealing with the eventually that's hard. Don't become a broken record to those around you, become a broken record to God - He doesn't mind one bit!
Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. James 4:8 [KJV]
Casting all your cares on Him for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 [KJV]
When you feel like a broken record, turn to God in prayer.