It’s not a term everyone wants. It’s often associated with “uncool,” “old-fashioned,” or “out of touch.” But I’m proud to say I’m old school.
I’m not trying to bring back the good ol’ days, I’m not against change or progress. I actually enjoy both of those things a great deal. I realize there are lots of things we used to value that aren’t worth much any more.
Times have changed. They’ve been replaced. I get it.
I’m not trying to get everyone else to adapt to my personal preferences and I’m not trying to scold young people to be more like previous generations.
That’s not the point.
When I think “old school,” here’s what I mean:
I believe there are timeless truths, that have impacted the lives of many, that are often confused with culture, manners and etiquette that are actually far more important.
They are principles from God’s Word that never go out of style.
The way we apply them and the methods we use to communicate them may change, but the message remains powerful in every era and generation.
3 Reasons I’m Proud To Be Old School:
1. Some things are worth holding on to, no matter how difficult it may be.
It’s not always easy or popular. Our culture is enamored with the concept of progress, innovation and novelty…especially young people. Just because something is “progressive” doesn’t mean it’s better. Popularity and progress are largely based on whims and the consensus of opinions shift and sway over time.
Truth, gratitude, honor, integrity, preferring others…these things are worth holding on to.
2. In a sea of opinions, God’s perspective matters.
We have more forums to share our opinions than ever before – and that can be a great thing. And while all opinions are valid, they’re not all equal. Some are worth more than others.
I’m not trying to force that on others – especially the younger generation – but it’s important we all have the opportunity to experience it for ourselves.
A truth you’ve never heard, no matter how old it may be, is new to you.
3. We should recognize and celebrate these timeless truths when we see them in others.
When someone lives with integrity, when they demonstrate honor, when they bring gratitude to their relationships and look for ways to create opportunities for others…that’s worth recognizing.
There are people who have built their lives on these principles who should be encouraged and inspired to keep going.
If you don’t see these things being valued, sometimes you feel like you’re all alone, you feel like you’re a little crazy. Maybe time has passed you by.
But when you realize this genuinely is God’s heart, His unchanging desire for how He created us to live, it gives you strength.