Have you ever gotten a makeover? Makeovers aren’t just for your face and hair or even for your house. They are also for your mind!
The dictionary definition of transform is …
to make someone or something completely different, usually in a way that makes them more attractive, easier to use, etc.
When I think of transformations, I think of something that looks different in appearance. But appearances can deceive. For transformation, one has to go much deeper!
One of the most powerful transformations comes through the renewing of the mind. Change the way you think and that can change everything. The greatest transformation comes with God’s salvation. God’s ongoing work in us (i.e., sanctification) continues to transform our hearts, minds, emotions–our whole being. We are instructed in God’s Word to have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2.16). And Romans 12.2 says, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Each of us has an audio player running in our heads that constantly plays messages about ourselves and the world around us. If it keeps playing, “I am a loser,” you won’t feel good about yourself and what you have to offer. If it keeps telling you, “I am fat,” you can’t begin to lose those unwanted pounds. Rick Warren said in a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, don’t fight against temptation, but rather, change the recording, renew your thinking. Don’t obsess over the fact you should quit smoking, replace the thought with something positive (eat an apple!).
The recording in our minds has been shaped by parents, teachers, and other influential adults as we grew up. Messages continue to be recorded as they are received through the media and by those we hang out with. If you don’t like what your recorder is playing, change the recording. Renew your mind through Jesus Christ!
One day I came home and I was not in a good mood. I could feel it wanting to bubble up and spill over my family. I asked Randy to play some worship music on the iPod while I was preparing a meal. A little while later, Sarah asked if I was feeling better, and after some brief refection, I said yes. I was glad for her checking in with me and calling my attention to the transformation.
Philippians 4.8 says …
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.
Choose to put positive, renewing, Christ-centered messages on your recorder!