Hope :: Old and New

My walk in Boston

When I was walking through Boston a few weeks ago, all I could focus on was the mix of the old and new.

There is so much rich history within the city. There are old buildings with beautiful architecture. But as you look around, you also see these brand new, splendid buildings mixed in.

If you look at the picture above, you see this gorgeous old church. But if you look closely at the left side of the picture, you’ll see a glass skyscraper in the background. One wouldn’t think these things would go together at all, and yet they do within the city.

This is how life is sometimes. Yes, there are times when we need to cut the old from our lives. However, there are also times when we need to keep hold of the old while we also embrace the new.

The top things in my mind right now center around people.

There are some relationships that are only supposed to last a season or two. We’ll naturally lose that relationship at the right time. On the other hand, there are relationships that will last a lifetime.

These previously-existing relationships won’t choke out future relationships, but will rather be shifted around to make room for the new.

Moving to a new place or stepping into a new role doesn’t mean you lose the things of the here and now. It simply means things might have to shift to make room.

Obviously, I’m not just talking about relationships here. They’re just the examples I used above.

Use discernment. Unhealthy relationships will do nothing but drag you down. Either seek help to fix the relationship or have the courage to prune it.

Sustaining relationships take effort but they’re worth it. Do what’s best for you and those around you.

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