Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Today, millions of people all over the world woke up to a new year filled with new ideas, new possibilities, and a ‘declared’ new start. No doubt, resolutions have been written and posted, visions boards have been revamped, and new themes/scriptures/words for the year have been expressed to loved ones and—uncaring followers on social media! LOL! The local YMCA is full of new members, new blogs have been created (HA!) and “How-to” books have disappeared from bookstore shelves all in the name of transforming oneself into something else “this year.”
At the dawn of this new year I would like to pose a challenge. Allow God to perform the ultimate transformation! It has been duly noted that the average person (and the above average person as well) rarely gets out of the month of January before they are back to their old habits and slump. We mean well, but good intentions aren’t enough to keep us going a whole year.
The scripture above encourages us to be transformed by changing how we think. These thoughts include what we think about and how those thoughts make us feel. Our thoughts can drive us or hold us back. They can bring us happiness or send us into the abyss of depression. A renewed mind, especially one that takes the Promises of God into consideration, is one that will triumph this year in every area. Below are some steps to help you form your resolutions with a renewed mind. Note…There are several ways to do this, please modify this so that it works for you.
Step 1: Grab a pencil and take a moment to look over your beloved New Years Resolution. In the margins, jot down some defeating or negative thoughts that have kept you from accomplishing these goals in the past. If this is a new venture, write down any fears or hesitations that you posses as you think about accomplishing these tasks.
Step 2: Next, note the behaviors that manifested because of these thoughts. These behaviors may include such things as laziness, procrastination (fear), overwhelmed/stressed, etc.
Step 3: Now, find scriptures in your bible or positive affirmations that speak to both the self- defeating thoughts and corresponding behaviors.
Step 4: Rewrite your resolutions using scripture and positive words, while noting behaviors that will derail your goal. It’s a good idea to write out your goals as if they have already been accomplished.
Here is an example:
Resolution: Lose 20 pounds
Rewritten Resolution: After acknowledging my poor eating habits, stress, and lack of exercise, I lost 20 pounds by maintaining a balanced life of proper nutrition and an active lifestyle as God gave me strength.
Ultimate Transformation: Making the necessary changes in your life will require divine assistance in the person of Jesus Christ. If you haven’t accepted Christ into your heart or given Him Lordship over all areas of your life, this is a great time to do so. Pray and ask Jesus to come into your heart. Find a Christian friend or church to share decision. Comment below and let’s celebrate together.