“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but 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 12:2 (NIV)
More times than I care to admit, I’ve purchased a new item of clothing for that sure-to-come perfect occasion. I find it much later when I’m cleaning out my closet for a garage sale. There it hangs, forgotten and never worn.
There are the times I discover a great recipe and buy all the ingredients for it. When I get home, I realize I don’t have time to fix this fabulous dish. I stick the ingredients on a shelf and forget about it until quite a bit later. By then, I’ve already used some of the items needed for that meal.
When it comes to getting rid of stinking thinking, I do the same thing sometimes. I’ll realize I’ve believed a lie and know deep in my heart it won’t be enough to just stop thinking that way. I have to replace the lies with truth.
I find a verse to memorize, I make a list of ways I can change or I determine to spend more time in my Bible every day. Beth Moore suggests having a go-to script for those moments so you don’t have to think on your feet how in the world to replace the lie with truth.
All great ideas and good intentions. The problem is: me. I forget. I get busy. I let it go just once. The next thing I know I’m right back to stinking thinking. Jesus explains that after a man gets rid of evil in his life, if he doesn’t fill it with good, that evil will return. And not alone. It will bring even more evil with it. (my paraphrase from Matthew 12:43-45a)
It would be far too easy to get discouraged at this point. And honestly, that is what I often do. I choose to remain in my wrong beliefs. For just a while longer. It is far more comfortable than making changes.
But God has a better way. Start over.
Scripture says: “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV). He offers us fresh compassion every morning!
I am thankful God allows do-overs. With my imperfections, I would never make it. But He is able to take my imperfect offerings and make them acceptable. He can take my weak attempts to change and by the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to renew my mind.
The best action I can take to renew my mind is to keep my mind on Him. Pretty simple. And that’s good for me, because there is less I’m likely to forget.
Do you have a game plan for getting rid of stinking thinking?