Anna's Analogy
written by Anna Shields


"We've Always Done It That Way"
Written Dec. 2012

"Weíve always done it that way!" How many times have you heard this phrase? Or maybe you have even said it yourself. "Weíve always done it that way." Donít get me wrong, Iím a firm believer in "If it ainít broke, donít fix it." (I donít even like using the word ainít even though it is now "accepted" in the English language, but it seemed to fit here).

"Weíve always done it that way." is probably what you will hear when working with or trying to help older folks. Sometimes itís hard to change your ways of doing and thinking. Lately, Iíve found myself saying "Weíve always done it that way."

I believe the Lord has been dealing with me because I keep hearing "Weíve always done it that way." and I start laughing to myself.

Itís been a little over 3 years now that Iíve had to change almost all of my ways of doing things. Since Robert went Home , Iíve had to either change the way of doing some things and even stop doing some of the things that we always done and even started doing some new things. It can be really hard to let go of doing things that we always did that way. There is security in doing the things that we always did that way. Itís familiar with us and we feel safe with it.

Many times in our lives we will find that we have to do things differently. Perhaps you never had to wear glasses until you got to be "fifty-something." Some of us may find ourselves taking care of elderly parents or relatives, rearing grandchildren or dealing with health issues we didnít face when we were younger.

I donít always hear clearly what the Lord wants me to do, but I believe He wants me to do some things differently or maybe trying to tell me that I am going to have to do some things differently. Like many of you, I have been forced to do a lot of things differently just because of technology and the ever changing world that we live in. I donít accept change as easily as I would like to and probably not as easy as the Lord would like me to. I kick and scream all the way like a spoiled child.

Not always, but most of the time, changes are for the good. If they werenít good, we should go back to the old ways of doing things. I am real thankful to be living in the times that we have electricity, indoor plumbing and all the luxuries we have that our great grandparents didnít have.

There are some things that were better before that we have gotten away from. For instance, our family


 values, morals, prayer in school, bible reading in the homes, respect for one another, etc.

Back to our title "Weíve Always Done It That Way!" I got to thinking about this and started thinking about people in the bible. Some of them were asked to do things that they hadnít always done before.

Genesis 12:1 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy fatherís house, unto a land that I will show you. I donít know about Abraham but that would of been pretty scary to me. The Lord told him to leave his home, his kin folk and his fatherís house unto a land that He will show him. He didnít even tell him where he was going but to a land that he would show him. I like to know where Iím going. I use mapquest, my GPS (I call her Ruth), directions from a trusted source and everything I can if I am going very far from home. I even like to know what time I am going to get there. He pretty much told Abraham to leave everyone and everything he knew.

God said to Moses: Exodus 3:10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. We can read about the doubts and fear that Moses had about going to Egypt. I would probably be just like Moses. Why me Lord? Iím not qualified. I canít I have too many responsibilities here.

Maybe there is something or some things the Lord wants you to change in your life and me to change in mine. Even if it scares us, the Lord makes us this promise: Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

This has been fun writing this article and it seems right on time with the New Year. Hopefully, God wonít ask me to leave my home or go to Egypt, but I am sure there are a lot of things in my life He would like to change and there are some things I want to change.

Remember according to Benjamin Franklin; the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing in the same way and expecting different results. So if you donít like some of the things in your life, "QUIT DOING THEM THE WAY WE ALWAYS DONE THEM."

Thanks so much for reading and I wish everyone all the best and a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!