Have you ever wondered why you have so much stress or difficulty in life.
Maybe one of the reasons is that you’re trying to “fit new wine into old wineskins.” Maybe a lot about you has changed, but your surroundings haven’t. And our advice is to not try to force new things about ourselves onto old surroundings. It’s the whole “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” thing. I think of two things I’ve heard recently about this:
(1) “No one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.” (Luke 5:37-38)
(2) “New always creates momentum” – Andy Stanley
So the idea is, maybe if you approach the way you do things differently, instead of the same old way, you’ll be able to update your surroundings to match the person that you have become.
There are things you CAN change and things you can’t. It’s better to focus on what you CAN change for the better, then do it.