When I was younger, I wanted to be the best person that I could be at anything I wanted to do. I was an “A” student in school, so I wanted to be an “A” performer in life and work. But life and work turned out to be a lot harder than schoolwork. I wasn’t an “A” performer, and I couldn’t understand why.
I thought I could just outsmart whatever was before me. But smarts, intelligence, and wits didn’t work in life like they did in schools. One day, out of frustration with how things were going for me in my job and in my life, I asked myself, “Why am I not able change the things I want to change in life?”
This is what came to me at that moment. I was making life a lot harder than it needed to be. I had to give up on being the person I was so that I could be the person I needed to be. Nothing will change for us until our minds change something about us.
In Romans 12:2 scripture tells us of this, “And do not conform to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may be prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” This helped me to see that God wanted me to change. He didn’t just want me to act like I was different. He wanted me to change to something different.
I don’t believe I’m the only one like this. If you want things to be better around you today, the quickest and surest way to do that is to change something in yourself today. We must decide to change our minds about who we are and who we ought to be. We must go through a mental transformation of sorts. Trying to do better by being the same person won’t work. Trying to serve the Lord by being the same person we were before knowing Him doesn’t work either.
I believe the Lord wants to do some things that would make us something amazing in our love for Him and for others, but we keep Him from doing that because we want to do the things we want just as we are. I believe everyone at some point must go through an encounter like the one I had with myself.
Just like our shadow will follow us around all day, our lives are destined to follow our thinking around. No one can consistently do more than his or her mindset permits. That is why God asks us to be transformed by renewing our minds. The old you will continue to do the old stuff the old you has always done. The old you will continue to do the old things the old you wants to do.
We cannot serve the Lord with the minds we use daily to serve our earthly needs. I realized change is change, and that is different from doing something different. We can wear different clothes each day, but we will still be the same old person. We can wear different shoes, but the same old person will walk in the same old ways. We can take a different job, but the same old person will go to work in the same old way. Your mind as it is will keep you conformed to the world as it is. An untransformed mind is not your friend.
Nothing changes until our minds changes us. When you allow your mind to change your attitude about you, you will discover the most valuable thing that you can have in life. It is the thing most responsible for helping us live out who we are and who we should be. You will discover the person God wants you to be. You will discover who you are. That should be the reason for how you live and what you do each day.
All of us have the need to change our minds about ourselves. Your mind is not always your friend. Your old mind will keep telling the old you to do the same things when it should be telling you to be transformed to something new so that you can do new things in a new way.
Nothing can change until your mind changes what it thinks about you.
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