Many things we learn once and never stop to question it again. And perhaps we’re confident in our position and don’t feel we need to consider it again. But there is wisdom in reconsidering what we hold as true rather than simply blindly holding to what we’ve always believed.
For instance, perhaps our parents taught us something as a child that we now reconsider as an adult. Reconsidering is not automatically rejecting it, but it’s not a blind acceptance either. It’s truly reevaluating our thoughts and conclusions and deciding if we can still hold this position with integrity today.
It’s quite possible after reconsidering that we reaffirm our original position. Or maybe we discover a better understanding of things and take a new position more aligned with deeper truth.
But either way, this is now a position we can hold with our integrity and in good faith.
It’s bad faith when we dare not even question the various positions we hold. This is not suggesting that the position itself is wrong. In fact, it might be fundamentally true. But it’s still bad faith on our part when we cannot even test or question it.
From our religious beliefs and social policies, to the meaning of marriage, our parenting philosophy, and the like, these are all areas that it’s good to reconsider from time to time.
Naturally, we don’t play around with our foundational beliefs too often. But we have nothing to fear when we keep our eyes on God and the good he has for us. An honest pursuit of truth will keep bringing us back to him no matter how many times we reconsider our position.
Strengthen your faith by considering again the many things you’ve come to take for granted. What is true will remain true even after many thoughtful reconsiderations.