Are you going to renew or redesign?
When we renew, we agree to continue something - usually as is or for an increased price. We renew things like subscriptions, contracts and leases. We also try to renew things in ourselves, like our goals, our desires and our habits. We renew our commitment to lose weight or to get up early or be more patient. We renew but we don't change. We renew but we continue to do the same thing. Renewal only gets us so far.
Sometimes we need to redesign. When we redesign, we take what we already have and reconfigure it. When we redesign, we simplify. We focus on what is most important. We redesign things like our living spaces, logos and websites. We redesign things in ourselves, like our hair styles. But do we redesign our goals, our desires, and our habits? Do we redesign our prayer life? Do we cut away what's not fruitful?
What got me thinking about this topic was that the renewal email notice came in for my website. I renewed it and I thought that was it. Until I decided to look at the website again and wow. It was only a year old, but it was old. As I went through it, I saw how much I had changed! And how much unnecessary information was there. It was time for a redesign. It was time to simplify. It was time to focus on what was most important.
Our interior lives need to be redesigned every so often too. Our prayers simplified. Our hearts truly focused on God. And leaving behind what is old.
One of my favorite quotes is, "Insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results." Renewal leads us to insanity. Redesign leads us to new results.
Don't wait. You know exactly what to redesign.