I went to Reid Temple AME in Glenn Dale, MD on Sunday, November 13th to witness my friend’s son get baptized. I was intrigued with the sermon and it came to me at such a delicate time of my life.
The pastor spoke about bringing old things into the new. There are some old things you can bring with you into new places. The old things that “work” and then there are those things that should have been left behind.
Friendships, grudges, emotions of a love gone wrong or feelings for someone who doesn’t appreciate you are examples of what he spoke about. He used the perfect metaphor which I thought was funny at first and then when he brought it home everyone stood to their feet.
He collects old hotel keys (lol). The plastic ones. His wife hates that he does that! He said he went into a city to preach and pulled out an old key by accident to open the door. Of course the door wouldn’t open he tried again and realized he pulled out the old key to open up a new door!
This made perfect sense! Too many times people bring old stuff into a new opportunity that God grants you and yet they don’t understand why it isn’t working.
Today I need to start sifting through some of my own old things. Although it might hurt to sweep out these old things…I have to because I’m going to block God’s blessing and new opportunities if I don’t get it together.
Some of us are given opportunities right in our face (God might bless you with a mate that’s right for you) and because you’re so hung up on “old things” you miss the new opportunity. The pastor left us with this, “Don’t let God see that you under appreciate your new opportunity whether it be a mate, work, finances, etc. He can take it away and you may never get that opportunity again.”
Think about what you keep dragging around, any new opportunities you’re letting slip away and begin the work. It’s not easy (I know) but its necessary.