Old vs new

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I visited an old factory, and upon walking in the doors the space was transformed. This wasn’t an old General Mills, this was a creative’s haven. The lobby area was decorated with empty gold picture frames, chic seating, a mystery image, and a hand painted sign. As I took in the space, I couldn’t help but notice the hooks missing frames as I made up stories for the goofy man in the black and white photo (the only filled frame).

As I wandered the halls I was amazed at the way a group of creative personalities had embraced a building that most would pass by for new and custom-built things. With each twist and turn you didn’t know exactly what you would find.

The halls were just that: boring hallways. Yet behind those doors was someone’s studio. There were painters and photographers and caterers galore. What if we could look behind each door? What would we see?

I love old buildings, vintage signs, and repurposed spaces. Someone saw this gem and didn’t pass it by because it wasn’t perfect, instead they clung to the history and opportunity it had to offer.

We need more respect for the old and less desire for the new.

It seems that our world is more and more focused on getting exactly what we want rather than creating something that will suite our needs. We’re passing by opportunities and we’re wasting space. But this isn’t just about buildings.

We’re throwing away possessions and relationships rather than working to repair, recreate, and embrace what we already have.

I challenge you to look at things differently this week. Before throwing something away, take a moment to consider whether you can repair it or repurpose it. (And, no, I don’t encourage hoarding!)

I’m finding little ways to be more intentional with my things as well as my relationships.

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We are Haley and James Earley, a family of two established on October 11, 2014 in our hometown of Rochester, MN and now living in St. Paul, MN. We are dog-lovers, coffee addicts, tree-huggers, balance-seekers, community-livers, and new foster parents. We live in a house of three adults, three dogs, and our sweet foster kiddos. We desire to slow down in this fast-paced world in order to pursue intentional community as we seek after the heart of God. We're just one couple trying to figure out this whole living life thing.

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