Friday, February 20, 2009
Embrace the newness!
I was thinking on how we are reluctant in accepting new things, new habits that will, for a temporary season, compromise our stability.
We get used to a brand of rice and when a friend refers us to a new one, if not disinclined about the change we, at least, give a try in a very sceptical way.
New things are introduced daily into our life by all means of communication. Some pose a threat; others come to improve our way of living, teaching us to spare time, money and physical distress.
I just remembered about this new word “browsing” at the shop displays. We were so used to say to the kind sales person we were just taking a look but all of a sudden the trendy word is “I am just browsing”. And if you think about “browsing”, a word adopted from computer terminology, for me it is the real expression of what we are doing at the shop display – we are looking through!
Spiritually speaking, we also need to be able to embrace the newness that the Holy Spirit is giving to each of us daily. The world is developing in such a way that technology is renewed by the hour, so why we are not going to accept the awareness that the Spirit of God is willing to offer us so that we can discern about what is good or not?
Whenever you are exposed to something new in your spiritual life: new directions, a new challenge, a new approach, do not just disregard it. Meditate, read through the Scriptures, reason about what is happening around you and keep an attitude of readiness for what is good and new.
"...since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator" (Colossians 3:9b-10 NIV)