Have you ever found yourself watching TV, seeing an advertisement replayed consecutively and thinking, ‘hey! I just watched this add!’. This happened last night and straight away I mentioned it to Reis. Suddenly, I had encountered their product both visually and verbally despite the fact that the product was neither a want nor a need. Advertisers know this! Repetition works.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good, acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2
“…delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night.” Psalm 1:2
God tells us to renew our minds and to do it daily.
What does renew mean? Webster’s dictionary states that renewal is ‘to make new again’. Make your mind new! Give it a daily ‘spring clean’. Weed out those thoughts that are not ‘good, acceptable and perfect.’ The weeds are those thoughts we don’t need. The worry about work the next day, the disgruntled attitude towards your boss, the worry about your body image, the concern that you don’t have enough money or the stress about how your house looks….throw it out. Don’t dwell on those thoughts. Make it new, afresh, as if the day were to be amazing and carefree!
Why daily? Repetition! As I mentioned earlier, repetition works, it’s powerful and things remain in your mind. In the same way, if you begin to practice a sport daily, you’ll improve. Renew your mind daily and your attitude towards life will improve 10 fold.
How do I renew my mind? Be aware of your thoughts. Are they ‘good, acceptable and perfect’? Are they in line with God’s thinking? If not, make them so. If you’re uncertain what God considers ‘good, acceptable and perfect’ – read your Bible.
But you say, this is nice in theory, but I’ve had a horrible week and thinking some nice thoughts isn’t going to change my mind. It’s just not me.
I too was sceptical until I tried it. What do I do to renew my mind? It sounds crazy, but each morning I speak aloud good thoughts to myself. Do this and eventually your brain begins to believe these thoughts. Believes are a compilation of thoughts. If you think a thought enough your brain will turn it into a belief.
Try it! I guarantee you, with prayer and determination; you will have less anxiety, accomplish more in your day and increase your daily enjoyment!