While the average television in today’s home now receives more than 180 local and cable network channels, studies show that fewer than 17 are actually watched on a consistent basis. A recent study done by one of the world’s largest consumer marketing companies discovered that despite the increase of reality-based programming and on-demand movie access, channels that feature reruns of old popular sitcoms or series, many of which have been ‘off the air’ for years, are now watched more than ever.
It’s as if no matter how new and exciting something may appear today, many 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, in Luke 5:37-38 (NLT), Jesus responded with what may be the hidden reason why watching reruns over and over again resonate with so many:
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.
It is amazing how often the passages above are used as the spiritual framework for so many of our new year pursuits. We are quick to conclude after reading these 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 what He wants FROM us.
But very few continue reading what Jesus says next (in verse 39):
But no one who drinks the old wine seems to want the new wine. ‘The old is just fine,’ they say.
It is very 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 knowing where you want to go.
When it comes to your new year goals and resolutions, don’t be afraid if some are a rerun. Although you may already know how an episode is going to end, the memories are priceless.