“Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”
My Bible, a Journal, and a Pen . . .
I’m pretty sure I’ve not taken this seriously enough. This whole “renewing of your mind” thing. Sure, I’ve heard this verse quoted for years. I’d come across it myself whenever I read through Romans. But I still don’t think I paid it enough attention.
We’re transformed by the renewing of our minds. But what does that mean exactly?
Last week I spent untold hours running errands. They were all important errands too. At least they seemed like important errands at the time. One errand after another filled my day until none of the things I really wanted to do got done. By the end of the day, I was spent, and I carried with me a pretty poor attitude.
I grumbled my way through the kitchen, “explaining” to anyone within earshot that I couldn’t clean it earlier because I was in the car so much that day. I complained about the backpacks piled up by the door because I slipped and tripped over one of them. Again. And I shuffled around the living room, unhappy with the piles of laundry that seemed to grow out of nowhere on the couch.
I was out of sorts and struggling to snap out of it. My negative thoughts were spiraling downward with negative actions to match. If ever I needed some transformation it was on this icky day where everything irked me.
I needed a do-over. Some quiet time away. My heart and mind desperately needed a reset button!
For me, a “reset button” looks like a few quiet minutes in my favorite chair with my Bible, a journal, and a pen. With ink on paper, I asked God to show me how I got so far off-track that day. I told Him how I sorry I was for my bad attitude, and I asked Him to help me replace those negative thoughts with His truth.
Reading God’s Word helps to quiet my soul in ways nothing else can.
I retraced my thought-patterns for the day and realized it all started with one small irritation. An unforeseen delay. Which wasn’t a big deal. But then it was compounded with another unexpected turn. Then another. With each new delay, I entertained more negative thoughts. Soon the train of negativity was barreling through my mind until it led to a train wreck of a mom.
This is why Paul tells us in Romans to renew our minds. Our actions begin as thoughts. Small thoughts that seem harmless in the moment. But if left unchecked, these negative thoughts will grow into negative actions.
The good news is that transformation is possible! When we take those negative thoughts captive and examine them under the light of God’s truth, those negative thoughts lose their power. Because the truth sets us free.
God’s Word is alive and active, and it can penetrate our hearts and minds with the truth. And His truth always leads to freedom and transformation.
What soothes your soul when you’re out of sorts?