A New Year means the opportunity for new adventures. Sometimes we become anxious when we think about trying a new thing. We are not sure how it is going to work. We know how the old things work. While the old way may not be the best way, it is predictable. It is safe. Safe does not make us fearful.
Yet, we are called, encouraged, and prodded to do a new thing. God assures us that all things are being new. We need to allow transformation of us and our lives if we hope to grow in our walk with God. We need to try new things. What are you going to try this year? Are you going to learn a new instrument? Communicate differently? Go back to school? Try a new spiritual practice such as fasting?
The PRCA, Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association, tried a new thing this year. They began a new partnership with GAC, Great American Country, for their world finals event. It could have been awful. People could have chosen not to watch the finals. Previously they were with ESPN, a sports channel showing a sporting event. It turned out to be the beginning of something wonderful. According to a report on prorodeo.com , “Great American Country’s exclusive live coverage of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas (Dec. 1-10) delivered a network record 9.8 million viewers across all telecasts (4.1 million adults 25-54) — a level GAC President Ed Hardy called ‘historic.'” PRCA commissioner Karl Stressman said he was “overwhelmingly pleased” with the move to GAC.
Try something new. You never know what may happen. What you do know is that you have not let your fear hold you back, so you are growing.