Morning Musings by Bop
Ours has been a lifetime of change. We have, for example, moved from town to town more than I care to confess. I have also had several career.
In all those changes we have become expert movers. The battalion of boxes became as much furniture as storage, each one being re-labeled with new names and a new lamination of packing tape.
Then we stopped and the now unpacked boxes were broken down and stacked in the corner in case we needed to use them again. But we didn’t, and haven’t, and so they were slowly dispatched to recycling or garbage or given away. It was wrenching but afterwards felt good.
In Matthew 9:14/17 Jesus credits former Jewish traditions as things that were useful, but are no more because He is doing something new. Mercy and grace replace traditions and legalism. These last two virtues, while laudable, are to service the first two, which are, in every way preeminent.
So what old baggage do we cling to? What has served its noble purpose but must be consigned to second place. These are hard questions because we cling to whatever we must demote or dispose because, well, they are a part of us and without them we become vulnerable. Sometimes, however, we just have to “do it” for the sake of a future for which we have been waiting for so long.
“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” Matthew 9:16&17