Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.” (Matt. 9:17)
Chances are that as you read this you are sitting in the same chair as yesterday, in the same office or cubicle, at the same computer, next to the same people, doing basically the same job you have been doing for quite some time. Your desk surface looks just like it did last month, your car is parked in the same exact spot as it was last July 23, and your routine is amazingly identical to the way it was then.
Establishment and stability (even routine) are crucial to any workplace experience. They provide consistency and a framework of necessary structure to achieve workplace goals. Without such we tend to flounder, wander aimlessly or spin our vocational wheels with very little productivity. If we are not intentional in staying fresh, our routine can become a rut and our consistency can morph into stagnancy. Has this happened to you? Are you just going through the motions? Don’t reduce your God-given calling where you are to a rote, robotic process.
Your employer has expectations of you including continued improvement, productivity, staying on top of your game, professionalism and constant growth in your ability to do your job. Sometimes the worst thing we can do at work is the same thing we have done for the last hundred days in a row, especially if the results are just the same and declining. We should pursue excellence in our jobs daily and look for ways to continue making a greater impact today than we have made in the past. Maybe “the same old same old” isn’t enough anymore.
Break out! Change your routine. Clean out your desk drawers. Rearrange your office furniture. Change your screen saver. Paint the walls or hang a new picture. Read a book relative to your industry. Develop with the company. Set goals that are loftier than those you have achieved for the last several months and plan realistic strategies that will get you there. Refuse to be mindless about what you do at work. Take on fresh ways for a new day! Ask the Lord to give you new inspiration and a fresh focus! Your boss or employer will be bowled over with delight as a result of your renewed enthusiasm. Your associates will wonder what in the world you are drinking! When they ask, tell them, “New wine,” of course! Keep it fresh!