How Hard Is It For You To Try Something New?

When a new idea is proposed, do you consider it with an open mind or is it hard for you to try something new? 

A girlfriend I’d been wanting to know better called and asked if I’d like to get together. Maybe go for a walk.

This is not a good idea, I thought. I hadn’t exercised in a long time. I don’t own yoga pants or exercise clothes. The closest thing to a walking shoe I own is a pair of Reeboks that I bought in 1988 for an aerobics class I never attended. 

I really wanted to spend the time with this woman.  It’s just walking, I figured. How hard can it be to try something new? 

Just to clarify, I asked, “What does that look like? Where do we walk?” (I admit I started looking out the window, hoping to see thunderstorms rolling in, but alas, clear skies.)

“How about we walk around Reed’s Lake?” she said. 

I know the area only because one of my favorite eateries is settled on its shoreline. Maybe I could divert her inside for a snack instead of stroll.

The idea of trying something new was losing it’s appeal. I asked, “How far around is that?”

“Just 4.15 miles.”
Four point one five miles! Are you kidding me! She might as well have said circle the equator!

“Okay, sounds fun,” I lied.

At the parking lot she designated, skinny women in spandex and ponytails trotted by. Nothing on them jiggled. I rolled my eyes.

What was I thinking? Bah Bumbug to trying something new! 

My friend spotted me and waved. Too late to retreat. We walked and talked and walked and then she mostly talked so I could catch my breath. I had to admit that it felt good to be out in the fresh air. And it was delightful to hear what was happening and exciting in my friend’s life. If I can still move tomorrow, I might just try it again. 

How about you? Is God inviting you into something new? A new experience or new friendship? Why not say yes and see where it takes you!

Leave a comment to tell me what you’re being spurred on to consider.

Scripture: Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25, NIV)

Prayer: Father, I ask you to gently lead us into our futures. Lead us toward great friendships and new experiences. Protect us from ruts and rituals that prevent new growth and keep us from the rich life you offer. Amen.