A time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak. Ecclesiastes 3:7
There are times in life that call for us to repair what is broken. There are other seasons that demand that we break what is out of date! We must know the difference! We can spend inordinate amounts of time trying to repair what needs to be thrown away. In such occasions, we are guilty of putting new wine into old wine skins.
If you have a relationship or program or investment that continually is being stretched and ripped, perhaps what is needed is not another repair, but a fresh vision. If we must continually sew up another rip in our jeans, the time may have come to purchase a new pair of jeans!
Leaders often become emotionally attached to things that are too small or frail for the current demand. We find ourselves continually repairing a system that needs to be buried, not overhauled, once more. Think about the issues you have to continually address. Why is it still a problem? Will you need to continue investing large amounts of time into it? Or, is the issue that you have an outdated system? Instead of sewing one more patch on to a frayed pair of pants, is it time to tear it up and start afresh?