In the 90s, there was a popular sitcom called The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, starring Will Smith. It loosely followed the life of young Smith (who plays himself) moving from the mean streets of Philadelphia (where he was born and raised; on the playground is where he spent most of his days, but then he got in one little fight and his mom got scared) to live with his aunt and uncle in Bel-Air.
The culture shock for a young urban kid moving to a posh Bel-Air neighbourhood was huge. But Will and his very differently raised cousins were able to teach each other about their differences and expand their minds. All of them learned that there isn’t only one way to live, one way to deal with situations and one way to be happy.
Sometimes our old way of living doesn’t work anymore. Sure, it used to work well, but there comes a time when maybe our horizons need to be broadened a smidge. Jesus reminds us that we mustn’t be too focussed on what we must do, but on why we even do it. Once we’re set on the why, then the what might change. God can be praised in many ways, so we needn’t be caught up with the what.
Consistent God, humble us to sincere and earnest prayer that we may honour you with our hearts. Amen. — NF