Just ask good ol' Charlie Brown. Her advice is about as reliable as her football-holding. Yet, Charlie returns to the kicking position and advice booth over and over and over.
Who knew that two-dimensional character could frustrate me so much?
The folly of Brown reminds me of the fool of Proverbs.
As a dog returns to its vomit,
so fools repeat their folly.
Proverbs 26:11 (NIV)
While the author "draws" a revolting image, the image proves effective. I picture the dopey dog circling back to the very location of his projectile puking - eager to return the contents to their original place. Then, just as the Wisdom Literature intends, I picture my own "circling backs." While the desire to eat my own vomit has never drawn me in, I have returned, in the words of the New Testament's Paul, "to do what I do not want to do."
While, let's face it, Lucy is a jerk, Charlie could choose to save his nickels and find a different placekick holder.
To what do you continue to return? Where are you foolishly spending nickels? Who's hindering you from actually making contact with that ball? Charlie has a choice. So do we.
Here's to well-spent nickels! (Hint: Don't give them to Lucy.)