I love the word transform. I’ve added it to the list of favorite words I keep. Among them are integrity, discernment, wisdom, peace, contentment …. In our Sunday School class, Scott Steiner is teaching a series that focuses on transforming our minds so we have a right view of the world. So while we live in the world, we don’t let it ‘squeeze us into its mold’. There are many reasons why I love the word transform, but one of them is because it gives me hope. Renewing my mind is where it starts because what is stored in my mind eventually cascades into actions which then become habits.
To form a good habit, or get rid of a bad one takes more than performing the act over and over. I’ve heard it takes 21 days to form a new habit. I’ve tried the 21 days. I must be a slow learner because on day 22, I am just as likely to fall back into an old pattern as I was on day 3! Why is that? For me, it’s because while I train myself to repeat an act over and over, I haven’t renewed my mind.For me Romans 12:2 is like the 11th commandment. “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.”
Note to self: To be transformed, Jane, you’ve got to renew your mind. Only then will those repetitive acts become authentically infused into your character. If I am going to live the way that pleases God, which is what I am called to do (Romans 12:1) I have to start by renewing my mind. This means I have to capture every thought and before it takes root in my heart, make sure it aligns with what God says is right.
I have miles to go before I get it right. But scripture gives me hope; I can live transformed because my journey is not complete until I take my last breath on Earth. While I am here, I pray as David did in Psalm 51:10 Create a pure heart in me, Lord and renew my spirit and keep me strong so I can shine for you.
Ready to transform the day? It starts with ‘the thought’ ….