Why is it, every time I have a sore toe, that is the toe that I stub on everything? Why can’t my pain be a little more spread out?
It seems like there is always a corner of a doorway or an edge of a counter top that plague us daily. For me, from time to time, I hit my ankle on the same corner of my bed and I vow that I will never do that again. What about something that trips you up? Is there a rug or sidewalk step that you encounter regularly that you always a fall over? I think we can all relate to this on a personal level. What if that which trips you is not something physical but something more internal?
For many of us, our minds can be that which trips us up. We know God’s promises and we believe in scripture, but for some reason when WE are experiencing distress, then we go into panic mode. Or, maybe you are reading this today and you have not fully given yourself to God because of doubts, addictions, idols, or scars that have not been worked through. He accepts us through these struggles too.
When Jesus called people to repentance, not only did He call them to turn from their wicked ways, but He also directed them to change their thought processes. In the passage above, Paul reiterates this concept by looking at the action of “renewing your mind” as not only helpful in the long run, but transformative or life-changing.
Sometimes, the most spiritual thing we can do is to change our mind. Granted, we are not the ones ultimately doing the “changing” but we if we allow God to have access to the way we think about things, then we will see things His way. That will spur us on to better works, and a more loving approach to those around us.
Prayer for today: God, change my mind and direct my thoughts. I want to live according to your pattern. Amen.
This post was written by Rev DeCrastos.
You can find his blog here: www.ministrysauce.com