A recent study done by one of the world’s largest consumer marketing and research companies discovered that while most people, particularly those living within America, have more local and cable network channel options than ever before, few are actually being watched.
In fact, while the average television in today’s home receives more than 180 channels, fewer than 17 are consistently tuned into. Perhaps what maybe the most interesting result of this study is despite the increase of reality-based programming and on-demand movie access, cable channels that feature reruns of a once popular series and sitcom, many of which have been ‘off the air’ for years, are now those that are resonating with most viewers.
With every rerun watched, we are reminded of a time when channels were the result of dials we had to turn, not numbers we had to click. It’s as if no matter how new and exciting something may appear today, most of us will still find a way to view that which is old, finding it far more appealing.
When confronted one day by some people who were wondering why Jesus and His disciples were not tuned into any new channels, particularly those that involved fasting and praying, Jesus responded with what may be the hidden reason why watching reruns over and over again are so important to us:
“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the new wine would burst the wineskins, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine must be stored in new wineskins.” – Luke 5:37-38
It is amazing how often the passages above are used as the spiritual framework for so many of our new year pursuits. We are so quick to conclude after reading these few words from Jesus that new wine and new things are always what God wants for us, and that discarding old wineskins and old things is He wants from us.
But very few continue reading what Jesus says next:
“But no one who drinks the old wine seems to want the new wine. ‘The old is just fine,’ they say.”
As we move further and further into this new year, it is important that we never forget that what is new is not always what has been tested. Be careful not to fall into the trap so many fall into every new year by starting things over again from scratch.
Some relationships are worth holding onto. Some homes are worth remodeling. And some jobs, no matter the test, are still worth staying at, especially if you are more consumed with what you want to leave, instead of where you want to go.
This new year, don’t be afraid of watching a few reruns. Although you may already know how an episode is going to end, the memories and laughs are still priceless.