New Things

I love new things. New products. New relationships. New phases in life. I love them. New things are so exciting! You get to experience something that you’ve never experienced before. And that’s awesome.

But new things can be scary, too. There’s so much mystery. And so many questions. What if it’s not as good as what I had before? What if it’s not meant for me? What if I don’t like it? What if I mess it up?

These are the questions I struggle with when facing new things. And I’ve come up with an answer for them: So what? So what if I mess it up? At least I tried something new. I can always fix it. So what if it’s not as good as before? At least I’m not complacent. At least I’m trying to improve.

It’s way too easy to get stuck in our ways because we’re scared of what could happen. We’re scared of messing up, or worse, actually being happy with what we’ve got. We get so attached to our habits and what we have that we aren’t willing to try new things. So we don’t grow. We don’t improve. We don’t make a difference.

I’m doing some new things in my life. Making improvements. Trying to remove things that don’t belong there. Trying to spend more time on the things that matter. I’m not doing it all on my own, of course. God is leading and helping me. And it’s a process, not an event. But I’m trying new things.

God’s doing some exciting new things at Cavanaugh Church, too. We’re growing. Redefining ourselves a little bit. Figuring out how to be the church God has called us to be. We’re even gonna be doing some construction work! It’s so inspiring to see God’s people taking a risk and doing the exciting new things He leads us to do.

I’m not saying we should throw away all of our habits, relationships, and stuff just for the sake of trying new things. But if something is holding you back, bringing you down, or stopping you from being what God has called you to be, maybe it’s time to try something new. Don’t be complacent. Try to find something you can improve on. And then do it. Try something new. Who knows, maybe you’ll find that you like it. Maybe you’ll find that something new is exactly what you need.