In many ways, our traditions and regular practices give shape to our lives. We eat three meals a day. We brush our teeth in the morning and before we go to bed. We pray before meals. We go to church on Sundays. There are many more of these types of traditions or practices that I could name. Now, these traditions are not bad. There is nothing wrong, inherently, with our patterns of meals, teeth-brushing, or prayers. In fact, in many cases they are very good patterns to shape a healthy and vital life. On the other hand, when these traditions become so entrenched that we choose them over people or we don't bother to consider what value they are adding to our lives, well, then, we are mindlessly repeating actions without thought or intention. What would it look like to regularly evaluate the traditions in our lives? Itís true that the church is one of the most tradition rich organizations in the world, but what if Jesus teaches us that every tradition must be evaluated and many need to be tossed out, especially those that hurt people?
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