How can I obtain real and lasting change? Think Differently.
Only 4 months ago, people across the world were celebrating the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014. We celebrated the hope, promise and change that 2014 could bring. I’ve found in recent days, my New-Year-newness has worn off just a little. I have found myself in my normal routine of going to work and resuming my life pretty much just the same as I did in 2013. My life certainly isn’t bad, but I know I can make it better. So I ask myself, how can I obtain real and lasting change? How can I do life differently, and better? I came up with one word: MOTIVATION.
If I take an honest look into my heart, my motivation for doing certain things has been to please others. Yes, I said it and I admit it, I’ve been a people-pleaser. So how do I change my motivation? Where does my motivation even come from?
IT STARTS IN THE MIND. The Apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 4:8 “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
God spoke to me so clearly a couple of weeks ago and said
“Change your world with your mind”
Our immediate situations may stay the same, but because our mind is continually being transformed through His word, we begin to view and approach life differently. We change. We change our attitude. We show grace. We give love. We become patient. We begin to exhibit fruits of The Spirit. Ultimately, we lead a better life.
“But do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…”
We have the permission and the power to take on the mind of Christ. We’ve been given the best tool to help us do so: God’s written word. His word is alive and active. It remains the same from age to age. The Bible is filled with 66 books of promise, after promise, after promise.
I am vowing this year to read His word more than ever before, because quite frankly I need His word in my life. Can you make this vow with me? I know we’ll both be better for it.
So, my dear friend, if you have felt the same way I have, be encouraged that although our surroundings and life situations may seemingly be the same as they were in 2013, we serve a God that through the power of a changed mind we will think differently, speak differently, act differently and ultimately transform our lives and the lives of those around us to glorify Him in 2014 and beyond.
Take a different approach this year: Think differently. Think about those things worthy of His praise.
I pray this message blesses you just as it did me.