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Occasionally we must discover new ways of doing things. And this is risky when the outcome is uncertain. Experimenting allows us to try something new without the pressure of getting it right the first time.

Following a recipe gives us confidence in knowing what to expect when we’re done.

And certainly there’s no need to always reinvent the wheel. There’s much wisdom in following past recipes when they work.

But life also presents us with many new and interesting problems that have no cookbook solutions.

Here we must learn to be courageous and curious enough to experiment.

To experiment simply means we’re willing to try a new approach with no guaranteed outcome.

And like the cook who experiments and discovers new recipes, we open the door to novel approaches in our life and relationships as we experiment.

For instance, we might think outside of the box and try a new business model or brand an altogether new service or product.

We might explore new ways to connect with our wife relationally and sexually outside of what is usual and expected.

Likewise, we might experiment with our spiritual practices and discover innovative ways to grow in our relationship with God and engage in our practice of love.

As with any experiment, we don’t know the outcome until we try.

And, to be sure, the experiment might “fail” and not give us the results we want. But even this failure teaches us what doesn’t work and moves us closer to figuring out what does.

In the end, experimenting allows us to be creative and resourceful as we find new approaches to life.

Learn from the recipes given, but experiment and try something new as needed. This brings a fresh perspective to life’s many problems.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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