I was reading a John Piper book this afternoon and in it he talked about the infleunce C.S. Lewis had on his life. This one paragraph gripped me unexpectedly.
“He has made me wary of chronological snobbery. That is, he showed me that newness is no virtue and oldness is no vice. Truth and beauty and goodness are not determined by when they exist. ”
Sadly I have been guilty of chronological snobbery. Even in ministry.
I have assumed at times as long as I could come up with something new it was good, it was what everyone else needed and was better than old. Man was that dumb!
It's so exciting to try new things- that it can become easy to be driven by constant striving and discovery, when the best thing may already be obvious...waiting for re-discovery.
Watching my kids connect with the old traditions of the church and seeing their desire to know the depth the fathers of our faith knew and practiced, it reminded me that old is new again, and again and again...
Today's reading was a great reminder that I need to look back as well as ahead. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow! So thankful!!