Drunk on novelty?

One of the invisible values of our society is novelty.

That means we often prioritize and cherish ideas that are NEW.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m a big fan of new ideas. The problem is when new ideas aren’t necessarily good ideas. When we’re star-struck with the “latest and greatest,” we get drunk on novelty, forfeit our better judgment, and adopt a naïve philosophy of change for the sake of change.

My friend Grant Vissers has a podcast. In one of the episodes he interviews Frank Bealer who says this: “Sometimes change feels like progress, but it’s not always true.”

What I like about Bealer’s insight is that it challenges the idea that novelty, change and progress are undeniably linked.

Sometimes they are. But sometimes they aren’t.

It’s up to you and me to use our brains to make decisions and lead our lives in a way that honours good, godly ideas—and not just novel ones.

Proverbs 19:2 (NLT) says, “Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.”

When a new idea comes along–and you find yourself wanting to go “all in”–ask yourself whether you’re drunk on novelty and hastily wading into what might be a mistake, or whether you’ve thought it through and are basing your decisions and actions on a truly good and godly idea.

Sometimes change feels like progress, but it’s not always true.”

By Matthew Ruttan

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