The other day while thumbing through some notes found in the Bible I had used for many years, I ran across these words that had been shared in a past study. I had to smile because of the coincidence of the content and my *2014 word* RENEW —— Coincidence? Ummm…. no, I don’t think so!
Renewing the mind is a little like refinishing furniture. It is a two-stage process. It involves taking off the old and replacing it with the new. The old is the lies you have learned to tell or were taught by those around you; it is the attitudes and ideas that have become a part of your thinking but do not reflect reality. The new is the truth. To renew your mind is to involve yourself in the process of allowing God to bring to the surface the lies you have mistakenly accepted and replace them with truth. To the degree that you do this, your behavior will be transformed. (source unknown)
Growing up with parents who enjoyed antique shopping and a grandmother who had her own little shop, I spent quite a bit of time being my dad’s “helper” when it came time to refinish many of the furniture finds. Some of the pieces were unbelievably ugly, and often I would think “there’s no way this piece is going to ever find its way into our home.” But as my dad would painstakingly strip away the layers upon layers of paint, the beautiful original wood would be exposed. After all the steps of the taking away the old were complete, the process of replacing it with a new finish would result in a total transformation of the piece.
So stumbling across the words I had written down years ago, the message was clear. The transformation that I desire is not just a switch of one behavior to another, but it is a process. And just like refinishing furniture, it’s tedious and messy work. It’s not a one-time exercise, but it is one that I need to do daily. This renewal must come not only from the outside in, but more importantly from the inside out.
What does this look like? For me, the old are the lies that I have allowed the enemy to whisper into me; it’s the walls that I had built up over the years to protect myself; it’s the healing of hurts and scars. The new is daily asking the Spirit to show me the things I have hidden deep in the recesses of my mind and heart. To show me, to break my heart and my mind of anything that blinds me, no matter how much it may still hurt, from His Truth.
The great Exchange – new for the old.
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