The familiar enemy

Just like technology sees newer iterations fixing previous faults, life itself offers us new variants to build the old upon. When we get overly familiar with what has always worked, we can stand in the way of ourselves and God because we refuse to move.  The familiar could become the enemy of new and because many times, new represents more efficient and faster, familiar is the enemy of progress.

“Clear lots of ground for your tents! Make your tents large. Spread out! Think big! Use plenty of rope, drive the tent pegs deep. You’re going to need lots of elbow room for your growing family”. Isaiah 54:2

God is able to do more than we ask or imagine yes? But we limit God with our small mindedness, we judge wrong with our small minds so God needs us to gain exposure. You know, some of the things that God allowed you to go through, things that God allowed to happen to you, are because of your purpose. Your purpose needed the exposure; you needed to see that things could be done differently and better. Your journey has indirectly shaped your vision and your expectation and exposed to you some of your strengths.

Try out a new meal at that restaurant, do something else. Don’t become a prisoner to the familiar, regular lifestyle. Do something random and spontaneous, be open to the idea of new things. Listen to people speak without trying to convince them that you are right. What if you aren’t? Put away that kindle or that phone at the airport and say hello. It’s different I know but try it. Some of us are one conversation away from ‘Eureka’ and the very link you need or piece you need to complete that puzzle is one step away from the familiar.

Get people in your corner who can stretch and challenge you.  Find people with diverse interests’ and exposure. Haven’t you seen people just come alive because of a new friendship? They are not fundamentally different but they are in an environment that encourages them, or exposed to a place or person they didn’t know previously.

God wants us to make His name glorious; He wants us to make His name famous and He is depending on us. You see why we can’t say in our small worlds?


Have an amazing weekend!




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