“Necessity is the mother of invention,” Plato wrote.1 Others have since added that necessity is also the mother of reinvention—meaning that new challenges give birth to progress in new directions. That certainly has proven true during the economic upheavals of the past couple of years. Forced from their relatively comfortable positions in the former status quo, many people have reinvented their businesses or found promising new careers in fields they never would have considered otherwise. Others have reexamined their priorities and are now focusing on things they used to think they didn’t have much time for, such as family, community service, charity work, further education, or spiritual pursuits.
If you’re looking to reinvent yourself during an economic downturn—or any time, for that matter—Jesus is a master at that. The Bible promises, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”2
1. The Republic, circa 380 bc.
2. 2 Corinthians 5:17