“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.” (Mark 2:22)
Life has a way of making us stiff…inflexible. We hate pain; so, we reflexively avoid any scenario requiring more out of us than feels natural. Even if it would make us grow, we naturally wince at the thought of any decision that would purposely call us to endure.
As a result, I’ve discovered I can’t quite do the things I used to do. I blame it on age, but the greater reality: I refused to move when it was easy. A sedentary life felt far more natural. But now, I have created a routine that no longer requires certain muscles. And because of my stubborn commitment to a path of ease, my ability to do what is required for higher levels of function has been greatly diminished.
No worries…this can be reversed!
Every generation must ask the serious question, “Is my wineskin old? Have I fallen into patterns of thinking and behaving that keep me from growing and becoming?” Humanity has an extremely high propensity to interfere with God’s ability to pour life into their soul. For fear’s sake, we love to add layers of tradition and spiritual strategy that will foster a more sedate life rather than a creative one.
God simply says, “Let me be the source of life. Trust me and be led; and you will find the story I’ve written for you! Don’t try to figure it all out. Only I know the end from the beginning. Believe that courageous faith-filled activity will actually plant you where the desires of your heart will truly be met.”
Today, enjoy stripping away the unbelieving layers keeping you from life.
Listen. Follow. Feel the burn. And…Enjoy life!