STARTING THE NEW YEAR RIGHT (by the Renewing of the Mind)
“We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.” ― Santosh Kalwar
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Every New Year is a sign of hope. A time to start anew. A time to make some goals and list all of our New Year’s resolutions.
We say, with all enthusiasm, that this year we will become a changed person. “This year I will surely do this and that…” or “I will surely stop doing this and that…” or “I will surely finish this one thing…” and so on and so forth.
However, year after year we still find ourselves doing the same lists of resolutions. It never changed because we still did not change. It seems like a never-ending cycle!
The bible says that to change ones destiny is to start by the renewing of the mind.
“…be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” That’s in Romans 12:2.
It all starts there. It starts in the way we think.
As the famous phrase of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.”
Notice that whatever we put into our minds affects how we feel. Then, it effectually translates into habits that will soon determine on what we will become in the future.
REPLACE those old weary thoughts with whatever is noble and pleasing.
Surely by reading good books, watching shows that will add up to your becoming a better person, and by listening to the right people can replace it.
But the most important is that you fill your mind with WORDS THAT OFFER LIFE. That’s the Word of God. Read the Bible. Think of it. Live by it. Sleep with it. And talk about it. Commit to it all the days of your life.
Deuteronomy 11:18-20 “So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates…”
“…so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors.”
That’s the unbreakable promise of God that we can always hold on to.
Make no more excuses. Start the year right. Fill your mind right then you can think right.