by Kim Larsen
Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world; but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God”.
It’s 2018! January is the most common time to set goals, make resolutions, and change a bad habit or two. I have read that the average time that a new diet is kept is 8 days. Isn’t that interesting? Not 5 days, we make it through the first weekend and the following Monday and then scrap it! Other research shows that it really takes at least 21 days to change or incorporate something new into our daily habits, depending of course on the difficulty of the change being made. Some even argue with this saying that it may take almost a year for something to become habit so that we do it automatically. The brain is complex. Or is it our stubborn will?
Paul tells us in Romans that we are to transform our lives by renewing or resetting our mind. A new practice must be something that we believe in and desire to do otherwise we will not continue and will fall back into our habits in 8 days! So, how does someone reset? It’s way more complicated then pushing a button on our computer that’s for sure.
The key to this is allowing God to do the resetting. We have to be open to truth, to new ideas, to someone outside of ourselves doing the changing. By beholding Jesus we become changed. My favorite author says, “Let the gems of divine light be reset in the framework of the gospel. Let nothing be lost of the precious light that comes from the throne of God. The great plan of human redemption is as yet but faintly understood, because men do not place themselves in the divine channel of light. There is too much following of men, and limiting the light by men’s opinions and traditions. The wonderful truth of God is to be sought out by every mind. By careful study, through prayerful meditation, men will be enabled to place the truth before men in simplicity, so that the humblest minds can comprehend it, can receive it, and become elevated through its sanctifying influence, if they will accept it and practice its principles in their daily lives”.
This is the will of God for each one of us. Are you ready for a change? A new way of thinking? It all starts in your mind. A daily reset can be a habit in 21 days!!