Life is cumulative. A life is formed through the years like sedimentary rock — layer upon layer of thoughts, attitudes and actions resulting in some sort of structure that we periodically get the urge to survey. Sometimes it is an annual review at the end of the year when we tend to reflect on the past and resolve for the future. Or perhaps you have found yourself at a milestone birthday — 30 or 50 or 80 — wondering, “What have I done with these years?”
How intentional are we about directing or choosing how the layers form? Do we believe we have any control over the shape of our lives at all? I want to suggest that we do, and it has to do with what we view as the first step in the formation process. What comes first: the thought, attitude or the action? Well, the Bible tells us it starts in the mind. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2) Who better to turn to for truth that will renew our minds in the right ways, than the God — Jesus –who created us, knows everything about us (past, present & future), and still loved us enough to visit planet earth, teach us how to live and give His own perfect, holy life in place of our unholy, mistake-filled ones? How can we not trust a God like that?
So, below are some truths to consider. (In all these truths, the greatest truth is assumed, that God refers only to Jesus Christ.) They are true according to the Bible, but are they true in your mind? Are they true for you? If you have a hard time believing any of these to be true for you personally, then maybe that’s a good place to start renewing your mind. From those new thoughts will come new attitudes and new actions…forming layer upon layer…so that the next time you “survey,” you will be pleased with the way things are taking shape.
____ ____ #1 God has a good plan for your life. (Jeremiah 29:11)
____ ____ #2 God is fully capable of working that good plan out. (Genesis 18:4, Numbers 11:23, Mark 10:27)
____ ____ #3 God’s plan may be different than yours. (Proverbs 12:15, 14:12)
____ ____ #4 God’s way is better. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
____ ____ #5 Those who follow God, discover He brings good from all situations. (Romans 8:28)
____ ____ #6 Good things can come from hard circumstances and disappointments. (John 12:23-24, Romans 5:3-5, Genesis 50:20 * ) * Great story if you want to read it all – Genesis chapters 37-47 & 50)
____ ____ #7 God uses hard circumstances/disappointments to grow us. (Consider the same verses as for #6.)
____ ____ #8 We can learn to be content in all circumstances (with right thinking.) (Philippians 4:11-13)
(2 Corinthians 11:23-33 shows Paul suffered!)
____ ____ #9 Every person’s purpose is to glorify God, not self. (Psalm 86:12-13, Romans 15:5-7)
____ ____ #10 All people who follow God (Jesus) win with Him in the end. (Daniel 7:18, Revelation 21:1-5)
May God renew your mind and transform your life into all He planned it to be!