Yesterday, I caught actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis doing rounds of the am talk shows promoting her new children’s book My Brave Year of Firsts: Tries, Sighs, and High Fives. She made this thought provoking statement: “You are a hypocritical parent, you ask children to try new things every single day and yet we don’t do anything new. Every single day you are asking a child to face a fear, to reach a new boundary, to try a new food, to try new activity… and yet we as adults don’t.” She then challenged parents to practice what they preach. Wow.
Whether we have children or not, how many of us can truthfully say that every single day we stretch out and do something new? Why do we let ourselves get in the way from exploring, testing, trying, growing?
Greek philosopher Heraclitus said “Change is the only constant.” Cardinal John Henry Newman said “Growth is the only evidence of life.” Psychologist Steven Hayes said “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.” And the Apostle Paul speaks of our newness in 2 Corinthians 5:17 and Colossians 3:9-10.
- What new thing needs to be put on in your life?
- What are you willing to change, try or do today, to take you a step closer to that which is new?
Step up, reach out and go for that first.
2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Colossians 3:9-10 NIV Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.