Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:18-19)
“We’ve always done it that way” or “We’ve never done it like that before” are usually statements of death. Nay sayers would have you think change or creativity is a bad thing. And generally, it’s the ‘old folks’ throwing a wet blanket on new ideas. There certainly are principles that should never be violated, but I’ve found it’s our methods or techniques that we hang onto as though they are gospel. Young leaders need elbow room to develop. They need to experience their own successes and failures. It may get a little messy (Prov 14.4) but that’s when the lessons really stick.
Jesus never changes in His character (Heb 13.8), but He orchestrates change all around Him. He changes us into His likeness as we commit ourselves to following Him (Rom 8.29). He changes the seasons of our lives and the circumstance that surround us. We are in a constant state of change. Change is good, embrace it.
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