“Change: Principles vs Methods”


Principles are absolute, methods and tools are relative. Principles don’t change, methods and tools do. It does not matter what you do in life or where you live there are principles that are vital to our well being, personally, socially, legally, and spiritually. 

For example, if you need to get from point A to point B, you must move, this is a principle. From the very beginning of time till today, anyone who wants to go from one place to another has to move, this is an unchangeable reality, it is a principle, we could call it the principle of transportation. What are the methods that we use to fulfill the principle of transportation? The older method of transportation for us is walking (legs & feet) on land and perhaps, swimming on water. As years passed, transportation methods and tools changed, making transportation easier, horses, camels, donkeys, elephants, then came the carts and chariots, baby strollers, boats, ships, jet skis, cars, skateboards, wheelchairs, skis, helicopters, planes, and space shuttles. These different methods made transportation way more effective. 

Our family has traveled to Australia in a matter of hours; this would have been an impossible task if we had tried walking. Walking is the most appropriate method inside the house, and at the store, and it is a healthy method when done for exercise; but it would not work when traveling from New York to Sydney. The principle of transportation (getting from one point to another is unchangeable), what changes is how you get from one point to the other, that is the method. Jesus in his time, used different methods and tools of transportation: he walked, he rode, like kings in His time did, on a donkey, sailed in a boat, and walked on water, that was pretty new. No one had seen that one before.

“About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” (Matthew 14:25)

Fear, concern, and consternation are usually the first responses to new methods and approaches, this is not something new, it was already like that, back in Jesus’ time. You don’t have to be afraid to use different positive methods, don’t be afraid to employ a new purposeful tool; Jesus gave us the example.

Whenever, someone comes up with a new method, intended to be a blessing for your family, your community, or your church; don’t be fearful, concerned, or critical; don’t be the first one to try to shoot it down. Through history new methods have worked, you don’t have to take my word for it, just ask Noah about the new idea of building an ark. Didn’t it come from God? It was actually effective and relevant during the flood.

What positive new methods are available to you today? Which beneficial tools are you not using? How can you make your time, your efforts, and your daily life more effective and relevant? Are there other ways to share Jesus, which are working for many, but not for you because you have not tried them?

Today, I am asking God to help me see what are the best methods and tools I can use to maximize the impact of my life, in my family, my community, and my church.

Prayer: Lord, please help me not to fear the new methods and tools that can make my life a more relevant and effective one. Give me the strategies and tools to maximize my impact and be a blessing on my family, my community, and my church. AMEN.
Jose