That's Not Cool! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

When I was in highschool, I, and the majority of the students, would carry our books under one arm. Sometimes this led to a lopsided posture as we struggled to keep the stacked books in order and secure under one arm. It would have been so much easier to place the books in a backpack or even a bag. But for many of us, carrying a bag was not cool!

How ironic that a few years later in college, everyone carried their books in a backpack! Now it was cool! In fact, now the majority of kids in high school carry a backpack. Many years later, I and others teased a colleague about his choice of a workplace bag. Instead of a briefcase, he carried his papers in an airline carry on travel bag with wheels. It looked as though he was ready to catch a plane on a moment’s notice. Now, I find myself using a similar bag because it relieves the pressure on my back. Instead of teasing, I now receive compliments that it is a cool idea!

We may make snap judgments of others based upon their appearance and behavior. Even if done in jest, such judgments are self-defeating, simultaneously tearing down oneself and others. And as time passes, it is clear that what may have been previously dubbed as uncool, may now become admired and emulated!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17

Life can become an endless parade and treadmill, occupied with keeping abreast with meaningless trends and fashions, trying to look cool. You can get off this path by taking a detour to God. If you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, He will promise to make you a new creation. No longer will you be beholden to old behaviors. No longer will you have to worry about looking cool or staying in vogue. The only behavior you will need to be concerned about is living a life in joyous fellowship with the God of the Universe!

And how cool would that be?

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.