Every school year, I looked forward to getting a new pair of shoes. Though I knew my mother would never buy the name brand ones, I was happy to have something new on my feet. But there was something I'd forget about. The new shoes weren't always comfortable at first. By the end of the school day, I felt I would have been better off wearing something old. How many of you find yourselves feeling this way now?
When God calls us into the new, it can be very exciting at first. But because it's new, there's also a large degree of discomfort that comes with it. There's a need to shift our perspectives, develop new strategies and adjust to what will be our new lives. Many of us even have to do something we've been doing in a new way. In these moments, we must be gentle with ourselves, because it will take some time.
Don't decide to give up on something because it's uncomfortable. Through discomfort is where we experience the most growth. Many of you are finding yourselves in new situations that feel like a pruning season. Know that this pruning is not to the detriment of you but to further shape your fruitfulness. As you are in the new, certain things have to be removed to help you grow in that place.
Don't allow the present circumstances to cause you to go back to something you're comfortable with. Those old shoes won't help you forge this new path.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."
2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
"Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit."
John 15:2 NKJV
Song(s) Meditation: All Things New by Big Daddy Weave
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Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.
What new shoes has God equipped you with? What exactly about these shoes are causing you discomfort? How will you prevent yourself from going back to old habits or ways?