Moments. It is all we have. A sliver of opportunity. A second of time, a blink of hope, added one upon another. How do we make the most of them? How do we stop ourselves from tripping up even before we take our first step?
These are the type of questions I am trying to ask myself. Because the truth is, far too often, I am the one left standing, looking back, asking, “Why did I fall face first into a pile of “didn’t do right” dung, now covered and smelling like the rot of the earth? How did I allow myself to end up here? And why do I feel so bad?”
What if, rather than living a life in remorseful retrospect,
we lived a life of relaxed in our retraining and reforming –
as we are made into a new image?
Would things look different? Amazing, even?
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Ro. 12:2
If we actively relax into transformation,
rather than subconsciously running against it,
perhaps we might find our self – right in the middle of it.
This means instead of chiding, we get to abiding.
Instead of the fear of pain, we draw near to pain.
Instead of thinking God hates us, we remember he loves us.
To get the power of transformation in motion.
Don’t get up and run at the sound of “transformation.” Because, if you are anything like me, the sound of that word may make you want to jump up with all your might to take flight, saying,
That’s gibberish for the “good folk”.
Not for a sin dweller and rebeller like me.
That was meant for apostles or disciples or saints,
not for one who feels like she may faint.”
But, what if…
What if the method wasn’t as wild and wooly as the result?
What if the answer was simply:
- To think about what you are thinking about.
- To dwell on what your heart dwells on.
- To see where these mind patterns have taken you.
- To pray about that.
- And then to listen.
- Not just to listen as you always have, but listen to really hear. To listen like a mom listens for the cry of a baby.
Then, perhaps, God will redirect every mind-path and membrane
to his transformative unfolding.
I am just saying. It is worth a chance, isn’t it?
We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ? 2 Cor. 10:5
Might you even see that your fortune cookie is bad,
because the message that you write to yourself is – bad?
When our power is derived from thoughts that are powerless, our drive dies out en route. But, when our power is sourced from the Word of God, it lives and churns and burns the midnight oil of our mind into magnificence, into the sacred and into the holy. Then it works: It liberates. It testifies. It magnifies. It propels and compels. It leads and bleeds love.
Even while our world circles on a grey scale, God’s never has. His light is the way, the truth and the life.
Where do you the thoughts of your life exist –
in the dark and grey or in the white and light?
God offers clarity like: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Phil. 4:8
The more we think of God, the more we get consumed with God.
The more he lights us the more we shine.
But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. Eph. 5:13
Our job is easy, we simply let him light up our thoughts. We lay them down at the feet of Jesus so that the beams, the rays, the glory, the all-consuming brightness can swallow them whole and we keep our eyes dwelling on his majesty. Light makes the dark bright, it can’t help it – it consumes the unknown fears lurking behind what you cannot see.
Will you allow it to work for you?