How is your mindset makeover going? To read the first post in this series, click here.
One of my favorite preachers, Pastor James MacDonald says: “Nothing is different until you think differently.” I have really taken this to heart this week. Pastor James made me consider: what are some things that I need to change in my thinking in order to change my behavior? Here are some steps that are helping me change my thinking. I hope they help you as well.
- Identify patterns of thinking that you need to obliterate.
Romans 12:2 says: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
How do you renew your mind? By reading the Word of God, which is how He speaks to us. If you and I aren’t regularly reading the Bible, then we will never think correctly, let alone live correctly. By reading the Bible daily, we will begin to renew our minds by identifying patterns of thinking and living that don’t line up with God’s Word. Consider 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.” Does my mindset or yours measure up?
- Replace the old patterns with some new ones.
- Don’t think you have time to read your Bible? Make time.
- Too lazy to work out or too much of a sugar addict to eat healthy? Set a goal to change your thinking pattern and take some baby steps toward your goal of taking care of the body that God has given you (more about this later).
- Procrastinator? Just do it. Then do the next thing. Then do the next thing. Don’t think, just keep doing, and soon your whole to-do list is done and you have some truly deserved free time!
You get the picture. Decide you are going to change and then find Biblical ways to do it. Tune in to my next post for more help with this!
- Plan and get motivated!
Put all of your thoughts down on paper about what needs to change and how you are going to change it. Use some colorful pens, it’s very motivating. Get excited about your mindset and lifestyle changes that will better you as a person, and, more importantly, your relationship with Jesus and your testimony for Him. Research proves that setting and writing down goals produces better end results. Here is my list of goals that I have set for my mindset makeover:
Stay tuned for future posts to help you and I as we plunge headlong into our mindset makeovers this new year.