"Do Not 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." Romans 12:2
2018 is the year of accountability. Not only for me, but also for those around me. Each year of my adult life so far has been filled with more excuses and justifications than responsibility. Now, I’ve reached a point where I’ve gotten tired of my own crap.
My two greatest weaknesses have been procrastination and mismanagement of money. As a 24-year-old, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person out there dealing with these issues. While that served as a level of comfort for me in the past, I’ve realized that just because others are going through similar situations, does not mean that I have a green light to keep in my ways.
So.. what have I done?
I changed my mind.
I’ve been reading a book on financial literacy and while going through a particular chapter I heard in my spirit, “change your mindset, change your life”. That one thought alone is the foundation for my transformation.
But also, in the Good Book, it tells us that God can transform us into a new person by changing the way that we think. The mind has the ability to develop great ideas and thoughts, but it can also become a prison of negativity.
As a woman of God, with a desire to carry the Word of God through the world, there is no room for stale behaviors and patterns. If I want to be great, I have to face the facts and make necessary adjustments.
Even with this new year, which has been life-changing already, change also comes with personal grace. Changing the habits of the mind is not an overnight task, although it would be great if it was. Transformation takes time and requires plenty of work. Especially, inner work.
Changing habits of the mind includes shining a bright light on our dark flaws. As humans, we never truly want to admit when we’re wrong. But in order to make corrections and improvements, pride must be pushed to the side so that true change can take place.
God desires for us to be the best versions of ourselves and to be holy as He is holy. Therefore, if He has these expectations, He is there to help us: “Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will. And I know that I will not be put to shame,” Isaiah 40:7.
In order to be all that we can be, we MUST shift the perspective, roll up our sleeves, and get to work. Change is inevitable, but we have to choose the right direction.