Have you ever heard someone say, “It’s all in your mind”? This can be annoying depending on the nature of your problem. Surprisingly, the fact is that in many cases, it is true. No, that does not mean you are crazy. It simply means that many of our battles are either won or lost in our minds.
Change Your Thinking
Often, the changes we wish to see can only come about when we change the way we think about the situation. If I want to change the way I feel, most likely, I need to change the way I think. Many of you reading this post might ask me if that is truly possible. According to the Bible, it is totally possible. In fact, we are commanded to do just that when our thinking patterns do not line up with the Word of God.
Romans 12:2 states that we are transformed by the renewing of our mind so we can live out God’s will in our lives. I find it interesting and not at all a coincidence that we are instructed in verse 2 to renew our minds after being told in verse 1 to offer our bodies as living sacrifices to the Lord. Such a feat could only be accomplished through changing your thinking.
What Needs to Change in Your Life?
Everyone has weaknesses and faults that they have to address in some way. Everyone has situations they would love to be able to handle in a more effective way. It will not happen until you change the way you think about the given situation. For example, if I am angry at a co-worker, yet I know I need to forgive this person, I will be unable to do so until I change the way I think about the situation. In order to make this change, I need to know what God’s word says about forgiveness. Once I am familiar with scriptures concerning forgiveness, I put those into my mind and allow the transformation process to work. God’s word says that I must forgive as Christ forgave me. I would remind myself that Christ forgave me for so much more than what I must forgive my co-worker. Next, I would repeat the process with other scriptures until my thinking is changed.
Taking time to journal through the process helps in two ways. It helps the process as I am going through it, and it serves as a good reference should I face the problem again. Barb Raveling has a process that she calls Truth Journaling. It works very well. Visit her website for further details.
I realize that this sounds like a great deal of work. Truthfully, it is, but if you desire the change strongly enough, you will be willing to do the work. True change comes from within, within your mind, that is. Being transformed by the renewing of your mind will not happen overnight or through trying the process once. It is a process that is ongoing, and it will take time as well as patience. However, it is worth all the work. Most of all, it is worth giving God the praise when the work is done.
Disclaimer: If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, your mind cannot be renewed until you come into a relationship with Him. Romans 10:9-10 states that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart, you believe resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth you confess, resulting in salvation.