Don't Let Familiarity Rob You

Updated: Jan 27

I have a question. How many of you like to do things because they are familiar? Go ahead, don’t be shy – we are all guilty of this!


As I talked about in a previous Marty’s Minute, we are all In Search of Familiarity. We like to go to work in a place that is familiar. We drive the same routes, and we build routines that are familiar because it makes us comfortable.


But stop right there. Isn’t that the problem with familiarity? Isn’t being comfortable robbing us of life’s new experiences?


Paul Tripp writes in his book, “Familiarity often does bad things to us. Often when we become familiar with things, we begin to take them for granted. When we are familiar with things, we tend to quit examining them. Often when we are familiar with things, we quit noticing them. When we are familiar with things, we tend not to celebrate them as we once did. Familiarity tends to rob us of our wonder. And here’s what’s important about this: what has captured the wonder of our hearts will control the way we live.”


I think that sums up the challenge with living our lives in search of familiarity. As Paul explains, it robs us of our joy and the ability to see things in a new way.


Next time you get in your car and you are on your way to somewhere familiar, take a different route and see what new things pop up. My guess is you will see new things you never knew existed and that is the joy that comes from being unfamiliar.


Until next time...I’m Marty, make every minute count.


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