It only makes sense to build on what has come before. There is no need to constantly reinvent the wheel. However, there are moments in which fresh approaches are needed – letting go of what was to embrace what is.
Many times we’re too quick in dismissing the wisdom of the past. In our arrogance we miss the guiding principles the old paths teach us.
But it’s also true that we can hold so tightly to how things have been that we loose our freedom to adjust to current needs.
Our fundamental needs remain the same, but how these needs are met changes over time.
For example, forms of communication have changed drastically over the last century while our desire and need for communication has remained the same.
There comes a time in which old approaches are outdated and a fresh approach is needed to address current realities.
And this is true throughout our life and relationships.
For instance, while our core calling remains the same, how we express this calling in each season will likely differ. And we frustrate ourselves and limit our impact when we hold on to an old approach simply because it’s what we’ve always done.
Finding new approaches doesn’t change our core calling. We’re still committed to whatever God has called us to, but we also exercise our freedom to adjust to the current needs in front of us.
Likewise, while our commitment to our wife doesn’t change, how we spend time together while dating, raising kids, and empty nesters will be different. Each season calls for fresh approaches.
Our life stalls when we don’t open to the new.
Don’t let the comfort of the status quo hold you back. Discover fresh approaches and the freedom to adjust to the needs of each season.