Old or New


Thanks to great deal on Amazon Prime Day and a thoughtful husband, I got a new tablet recently. I wanted something bigger than my phone but smaller than my laptop to use for viewing recipes in the kitchen among other things. I was excited to receive the tablet and began setting it up. Then I remembered why I don’t like getting new technology.  Passwords and Usernames.

Everything I wanted to add to the tablet required me to remember usernames and  passwords that I rarely use. If my phone and Chrome will remember my passwords for me, why should I waste my brain space. Argh!! The joy of my new “toy” was quickly consumed by the frustration of being unable to log into any of the apps I wanted. Why did I even think this was a good idea! I don’t like change!

Change can be scary even if it is for something better. It is inevitable – children grow up, jobs change, relationships end, technology evolves. A tablet is a trivial thing but we face new things every day. As a worrywart, I can hope to avoid new things because I don’t want to deal with the frustration or the fear.  I like the old and comfortable – in life and in jeans. But change requires that we let go of the old and accept the new.

Jesus spoke about this, “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. ” (Mark 2:21). His call required then and now, a new way of looking at things. And he knew that change is hard but must be faced.

So, how do we embrace the new when we long for the old? One way is by focusing on the known rather than the unknown.

  • I am loved by God (Romans 8:38, 39)
  • God’s covenant of blessing will never be broken (Isaiah 54:10)
  • God’s faithfulness is my shield (Psalm 91:4)

This won’t help me to remember my passwords, but it does help me to remember that while things keep changing in my life and frustrations will continue, there are big things that will never change. Now, I’ll pray for divine help in remembering my password. . .


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