Almost a year ago we began to analyze, discuss, and implement fresh ways of doing our jobs. Everything was up for discussion. We look outside for people who were best of breed, we captured the top performer’s methods, and we talk and talked about the way to move things forward. Slowly, methodically, and resolutely we moved forward. After six months, we told the world that we were new, everything was fresh, and results were on the way.
During the past two weeks, I discovered that the old never really left. People are still clinging to old ways, passing the way of doing things to new people, sharing their stagnant beliefs to all who listen. There are also those who, while pushing for the new, will not bend to take on a heavier load when another group needs to jettison part of their load. Somehow, the idea that we are in this together is still foreign. Resistance continues to percolate while expectations on what we can and will achieve continue to rise.
Yesterday my frustration began to reach a peak and I caught myself falling into old habits. I was behaving in exactly the same way as those I most wanted to change! We are struggling in the same boat – maybe driven by different forces and pressures – however, we all want something better!
God offers you and I freedom with a fresh approach. “For as long as we lived that old way of life, doing whatever we felt we could get away with, sin was calling most of the shots as the old law code hemmed us in. And this made us all the more rebellious. In the end, all we had to show for it was miscarriages and stillbirths.” (Romans 7.5) We know, often we see, and yet we cannot seem to break out of our patterns.
Two things happened yesterday that helped. God’s leadership moved me up a rung in my job (same job, new boss), and a friend echoed my own words. God offers you and I awesome new freedom. I want it.