Looking to What is Old to Find Something New

I know I haven’t posted anything in a couple of weeks, and this is not my normal day of the week to send out an article, but seeing as today is a special occasion, the last day of 2017, I wanted to share a couple of year-end thoughts and blessings.

Like many of you, I’m spending some serious time right now thinking and praying about my new commitments and resolutions for 2018. I’ve got my new Bible reading plan ready to go, various goals written down and mapped out, and I’ve even dusted off the old gym clothes that have been in the drawer too long. However, recent events have caused me to stop and consider all these “new” things I’m hoping to accomplish.

As many of you are aware from either my previous article or from my Sunday sermons, I’ve lost my wedding ring, and for those who’ve been asking, yes, it’s still missing. It has been just shy of a month since it flew off my finger and even though I’ve looked for it several more times, it continues to elude me. Thankfully I haven’t received any more concussions while searching.

Maybe because she’s nervous that I’m “sending out signals,” Penny has helped find a temporary replacement ring. However, this is no ordinary replacement. I had suggested looking through Cracker Jack boxes so I could have a secret decoder ring, but she came up with something much better. From an heirloom box, she pulled out my grandfather’s wedding ring that he gave me several years ago after my grandmother passed away. This ring has an even deeper significance because the diamond on it came from my great-grandmother’s wedding ring!

Wearing this ring has been a surprisingly eye-opening and even emotional experience. Simply because I’ve had a ring of my own all these years, my grandfather’s ring has stayed safely stored away. However, now that it’s on my finger I find myself continually thinking about the man who wore it for so many years before me along with all the family members and history it represents.

Why this is so important to me right now is because I’m remembering how those who’ve gone before me have already laid an awesome foundation of faith and Christ-like character for me to follow. Just like most people, too often I get wrapped up in trying something new in an attempt to improve myself. What I can’t forget is that sometimes in my quest for something new, I need to go back and follow the example of something old.

Again, take for example my grandfather, whose ring I now bear. He was an awesome example of faith and fidelity. No, not perfect, but he did “fight the good fight.” And there are plenty of other examples I can look to. My Granny showed me how to laugh and never take life too seriously while my other grandmother taught me to always, I mean always, cheer for the Dallas Cowboys! From parents, to aunts and uncles, from in-laws to brothers and sisters, I count myself blessed that I have so many people who have gone before me. As I struggle with how to be a better man, husband, and father I don’t need to try and figure it out all on my own. I’ve got some great examples to follow.

As you close out 2017 and prepare for a new year, before you make all your new plans, would you take just a few minutes to consider those God had go before you? Think about the good things they did, or in some cases are still doing, and look to the examples they left for you to follow.


Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (Hebrews 12:1, NIV)

9 Responses

  1. Leana Christensen

    Dear Pastor
    I love this message, thank you. I am struggling with my health again and have missed being in church with my brothers and sisters so much. Please pray for me to get past this and to start the New Year with strength and power. Thank you for your example. Love, Leana

    1. Greg Robinson


      Thank you so much for your kind words and please know that we miss you too! Praying that you get well and can be back with you church family very soon.
      Pastor Greg

  2. Bev Brewster

    Greg, you don’t know me, but I am your cousin. Actually, my Mother and your Grandmother Margie were sisters. My sister, Pat and I both live in Granbury. We have talked many times of coming to visit your church to meet you and your beautiful family in person. And to hear you preach. I, too have been blessed to have grown up with wonderful Christian parents as examples. Also many other family members, your Grandparents and your Mom included. I really needed your message on this day. I truly believe God spoke to me today through you as I read this. Thank you and may God continue to bless you.

    1. Greg Robinson

      Thanks so much! It is wonderful to hear from you and I hope you can stop by Bono sometime soon. If you haven’t already, subscribe to my site and you can get an email when I post articles and sermons. So glad God used this to bless you today.

  3. Larissa Knapp-Scott


    Thank you for the reminder. I read this to our family as we travel home from visiting Paul’s grandmother in Los Alamos, NM. She is 87 years old. I am blessed we can make this trip and help our children be reminded of their heritage. Look forward to being back with our church family soon.

    1. Greg Robinson

      Thanks so much! So glad this was a blessing to you. Be safe on your journey home and we’ll see you at church soon.
      Pastor Greg

  4. Julia Robinson

    So, since the first time I heard you preach to the reading of this most recent blog, you always challenge me, encourage me, inspire me, and I will never understand how the boy I raised can do this. Don’t stop.

    Love you,


  5. Marv Knox

    Tremendous column, Greg. What a wonderful reminder of deep and abiding truth, and also a beautiful recollection of saints whose faith formed our lives. You represent them well!



    1. Greg Robinson

      Thanks for the nice comment Marv. You have been one of the great examples for me and our family. Hope you are blessed this New Year

Leave a Reply