Something new requires focus, intentional thinking

| January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Maj.) Roy A. Hamilton
516th Signal Brigade, 311th Signal Command (Theater)

FORT SHAFTER — Each year, millions of people reset their clocks and set new goals.

There are a myriad of reasons why we would like to do away with the old and bring about something new. We would like to read more, head back to school or even become a better spouse, better friend or exercise more.

Sometimes, the new year cannot get started long enough before we conclude that making these changes will take more work than we initially thought. However, why do we think that we have to make a resolution? My guess is that sometimes we are tired with the direction our lives are headed, like a runaway train without a driver.

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Sometimes, it would seem as if we have a nonchalant attitude in regards to the commitment we have made, but that is not always the case. If we do not take an intentional approach, we would be lost on how to get started since this is something we are not used to and making changes can be difficult.

I would like to think that many of us have one way of doing things, and we mull it over and over again and expect a different result each time. We cannot continue to do our same routine as last year and expect changes. To get to a different place, it is incumbent on us to take steps that will propel us forward.

It is never easy to start something in our lives and in ourselves, but being intentional is the first step, like a linebacker being focused on sacking the quarterback.

Give yourself time, and do not try to make too much of a big change all at once. Do a self-inventory every now and then to determine if you are making progress.

We have to be intentional in order to bring about something new. We have to become intentional about not mixing the old with the new.

For example, Luke once said the following in a parable:

36 No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old.

37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.

38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.

39 And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, ‘The old is better.’”

Luke 5:36-39

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