In my last writing I focused on the body. Today I want to focus on the mind. There are so many sayings when it comes to the mind so I thought I'd add a little levity and list a few. Feel free to comment and add more as you please! Here goes:
Keep in mind that I am not always right and most often I need to be in the state of mind to write. Hopefully you will keep an open mind when reading as I know that sometimes I may seem out of my mind because most days I have a lot on my mind. My goal is to attract like-minded individuals so we can grow together in body, mind, and spirit. If we can strive to be of one mind I know we can help inspire and motivate others. I realize that we are sometimes double-minded and thus we can give each other a piece of our mind but the goal is to always have a meeting of the minds on this blog. You can change your mind as to whether or not you want to read it but please be mindful that we are all individuals and entitled to our opinions. Never mind that I won't always say what you need to hear but please bear in mind that I try to be sincere and honest. I need to put to mind that not all of you will read all my blogs but if I set my mind on not including too much mind-boggling information I am sure that it will help with the mind-set of us all. If you change your mind after reading this ridiculously silly paragraph, at least know that I am not on any mind-altering, mind-blowing, mind-bending substances. I am trying to take your mind's off of negative, self-destructive thoughts and help you to set your minds on productive, God-inspired blessings. Yes, to change you mind-set so that in your mind's-eye you may begin to believe how great the father's love is for you! (please don't mind me for this craziness!)
"...be transformed by the renewing of your mind, then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing, and perfect will." Romans 12-2b
To be transformed is to change your personality or character; your deep and inner-self. To make, new, fresh, young, strong; or to give spiritual strength to, to re-establish, to revive, to begin again, to become a new person. In science it is related to the word transmute which means "a change in basic nature that seems almost miraculous." I found this definition to be most interesting since I'm sure that many of us have known a person who seemed to have changed overnight (miraculously). I believe this is one of God's amazing mysteries, that he has the power to change anything, anytime, in the blink of an eye. For most of us however change is a process which takes time and determination. This is why I say it is so important to spend time in solitude and deep thought; to get away from all gadgets and entertaining distractions. If you want to transform your mind I think you need to "pray like it all depends on God and then go to work like it all depends on you." Martin Luther
It's a new year and it can be a new you as long as you are willing to put in the time. As I said last week, we are body, mind, and spirit. What part of your mind do you need to change or improve on? Write down your goals for self-improvement and personal growth in the area of your emotions. Until you get those in check you will seriously impede your ability to have good physical health. This will also affect your spiritual life. How you feel about yourself and others will influence how you feel about God and vice-versa.
Start spending time alone today. Start with five minutes if that's all you have, or if that's all you can handle. You can add five minutes a day (or a week) until you spend at least twenty to thirty minutes alone each day. Take your Bible with you and also a pad of paper and a pen. Be open to what you might hear or what actions you might take as a result of this time alone. You will be amazed at how much you will learn about yourself by doing this very simple thing.
It's a new year so make it a new you!
God is blessing you. Donna