New and different sometimes rubs us the wrong way.  Or in an unexpected way.

Sometimes new on top of new makes things worse.  Enter: two new pair of shoes.

Who knew that both pairs would rub in the exact same places, but at a little different angle.  Wear them on back-to-back days and the feet raised up in protest.

No blisters.  Nothing like that.  Just new spots that are rubbed.  And that rubbing creates a sore spot.

And that sore spot begs for attention–and relief–and the old shoes, the old way of being.

Such is life, it seems.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  –2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

New things require a different set of callouses, a different weight distribution, and some time to feel “right.”

Yet somehow I believe the new should feel exactly like the old, forgetting that the old took years to become comfortable and familiar.

So next time you feel the rub of a new spiritual discipline, look at those worn shoes in the corner and remember: the new will become comfortable soon.


Photo by John Nyberg

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