Thankfully, as humans, we don’t shed our skin the same way insects do. But at times, we can be just as “encased” psychologically and spiritually. We can learn -traditionally from others- one way to think, work, interact, and worship and serve God, and never grow past that point. This is way of living is called "tradition," and is just the opposite of what we are encouraged to do in Proverbs 3:5-6. This way of living is also one of the primary targets Jesus took aim at during His ministry on earth. It's why God sent His Holy Spirit to live within us, so that we could all personally seek Him and follow the path He uniquely created for each of us individually. Tradition keeps people from God and all the good He has planned for them personally.
Acknowledging God daily, and reevaluating regularly – at least once a year (January 1st is as good a time as any) – keeps us in step with the next step God has decided for His glory and our good. Trusting Him in taking the next step even when the path is new and uncomfortable shows others how to trust God. And the path He takes us on grows us in ways that we never would have experienced being stuck in our traditional ways. Our hopes and dreams and desires and perspectives change as we continuously shed the old and look forward to moving into what's next. And the light of what it means to be a living, breathing, vibrantly growing (or glowing) example of intimacy with God will be our banner.
Trust Him today!
With Great Expectation,