Old Dogs – New Tricks

We have all heard the saying about old dogs. It was a few years ago that I admitted I was joining the club. I plan on getting a whole lot older, but I have been around over a half a century. I know age is a relative thing, and has a mental aspect. Some people turn old long before others, and some of us never really get around to acting our age. That said, I am doing my best to prove the adage wrong. I want to keep learn new tricks. For instance, in the last 5 years I started jumping from 'perfectly good airplanes.' Last week, as I blogged, I ran a mud run. This year I gave up on Drupal and started using WordPress. (It is working with WP that prompted this blog). I am having to learn a new publication program because I am making my secretary use it, and she asked me questions. While it is not as easy as it once was, learning new is still possible.

Our spiritual journey is about change. As new creatures, we are learning new tricks. We are learning new ways of thinking about ourselves. We are learning new ways of relating to others. We are learning new ways to look at God's Word, and learning new things about Jesus and the church. Truth is, and I have said this too many times, the older I get the less I know for sure. When I admit that I learned something new, it means I have to rethink so many things I previously thought. I often ask kids, "What did you learn in school today?" Too often the answer is "Nothing." What a waste! Of course they undoubtedly did, but can't quantify it. So the callenge today is simple, Learn a New Trick. It is kind of fun.