Earlier this week Yogi Berra, the iconic baseball player and manager passed away. Not an avid baseball fan myself, I know Yogi best for his famous “Yogi-isms”–those one-liners that make you go, “Huh?”

One of my favorites is: “You can observe a lot just by watching.” Here’s another:  “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”

Perhaps his most famous one, however, is one you’ve probably even said yourself: “It’s like deja vu all over again.”

Why is it that I often live in the “all over again” world? You know the syndrome–cycling through the same old bad habits. Does this sound familiar?

•    Turning to chocolate instead of prayer–all over again.
•    Counting problems rather than blessings–all over again.
•    Helping myself instead of others–all over again.
•    Saying words I regret and can’t take back–all over again.
•    And, the list goes on and on…”deja vu all over again.”

Are you experiencing a little deja vu yourself? If so, here’s some news you can use! God understands.

He gives grace over and over again.
He listens,
He forgives,
And, He loves–over and over again.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9 NIV)

So, today, we give gratitude to the Lord who knows us best and loves us most. And, we remember Yogi Berra with fondness. In honor of him, the next time you go out for Italian, remember what Yogi said: “You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.”