In my engineer husband’s office there is a small square sign with the brilliant and immortal words of Albert Einstein:
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
I bought that sign for him many years ago as both a reminder of the actual concept and as a not-so-subtle message for all those people who came into his office asking him to “fix this process” in one breath and then, with their very next one, saying, “But we’ve never done it that way before!” when he proposed a solution.
Humans are funny creatures, aren’t we? We can readily note those things that are in need of change, but we’re so addicted to the comfort of the familiar that we often resist the very change that we seek.
While I agree that change just for the sake of change isn’t always a good thing, sometimes we need to try some new things just to see if there are improvements to be made!
(FYI: I actually typed the beginning of that sentence so that it read, “While I agree that change just for the sake of change isn’t always a God thing…” That typo didn’t alter the truth! Sometimes we need to do things a bit differently in our churches, as well! And lest we forget, when we belong to God, every part of our life is our ‘spiritual life’. There is no separation!–and, yes, that little nugget was just thrown in for free! grin)
All this leads me to our challenge for the weekend: try something new! Maybe it’s just a new recipe or trying a food you’ve never eaten before. Perhaps it’s discovering a new drive to work or a new local attraction in your area. Maybe it’s as simple as smiling at the cashier at the store instead of wondering why they aren’t smiling at you! Read a book on an unfamiliar subject and learn something new. Try a new game or make a list of everything you see that’s purple this weekend! WHATEVER it is, just add a little variety to your life this weekend.
“Variety’s the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavour.” ~Willam Cowper fromThe Task (1785)–‘The Timepiece’ (Book II, lines 606-7)
Grace & Peace! (and a little spice!)