hee hee. I thought that was a funny title. The following is the entire  email devotional from my Pastor today – I really liked it and wanted to share!

“Isn’t this the carpenter?” Mark 6:3  NIV

“Nothing requires more updating than some ideas and opinions you once held as fact.”

My thoughts today are about . . . “updating.”

On most food items, there is an expiration date. At some point in time, they could become potentially unhealthy, possibly harmful for you. I think many opinions should have an expiration date. Nothing requires any more frequent updating than some ideas and opinions you once held as fact. And, therefore, few things are as inaccurate or can more easily be misleading presently.

Do not allow your previous opinions to become fixed and unexamined. Be firm in your faith and confident in God’s Word and truth – that is eternal and unchanging, as current and true as when first given – but be flexible in most currently popular opinions for they will soon become outdated, requiring regular updating and revising as new understanding is acquired.

As I am typing this devotional, my computer screen notified me that software updates were available and being downloaded. For my computer to operate as efficiently as it could, those updates were necessary. After completing the updates, there was this helpful message, “You will need to restart your computer for the updates to be in effect.” Life is like that. Some people continue trying to make today’s decisions with yesterday’s information and ideas, and that is difficult to do well.

When Jesus returned to Nazareth, His hometown, people heard His words and saw the miracles and were astounded, asking, “Isn’t this the carpenter?” They were saying, “I knew you when . . “ They were unprepared to recognize Jesus as He is, when they continued to think of him only as He was. They dismissed what they saw and heard because they held to what they previously believed. They missed the truth because they were unable or unwilling to update their facts.

“Since we believe that Christ died for everyone, we also believe that we have died to the old life we used to live . . so we have stopped evaluating others by what the world thinks about them. Once I mistakenly thought of Christ that way, as though He were merely a human being. How differently I think about Him now!” 2 Corinthians 5:14-16 NLT. Sometimes, it is important to “update and restart.” Let some old ideas and opinions expire as they should.

I often meet people that I pastored 20 years earlier. They frequently assume that I will be the same as they had previously known me to be. But life and circumstance occur along the way changing yourself as well as others. Previously held opinions of one another often need updating.

We should not label or limit one another. Imagine the difference if you choose every day to see yourself and others in the light of Jesus’ power to heal, to help, and to change. 2 Corinthians 5:17. Any opinions you have that need updating?

My prayer for you is to know and be known, as Jesus knows you. 1 Corinthians 13:12-13.

Pastor Allen Randolph

Trinity Church, San Antonio, TX