Today marks the first day of my 31-day writing challenge – 31 days of renewing your mind. Every October, bloggers come together and take on the challenge of writing for 31 days straight on one topic. (You can find out more about #write31days here.) Since I started blogging, I’ve watched Octobers come and go wishing I had the time to take on such a feat. Well, I’m not sure I have more time this year, but I certainly feel like God has placed a specific topic on my heart. And for that reason, I will take the challenge!
So why write for 31 days on renewing your mind? Well for one thing, the Bible speaks often about the importance of our thoughts. Everything we do and say stems from our thought life. Even the term repentance means “to change your mind.”
Secondly, the mind is where true transformation begins. It’s the place where we dispel our old natures and put on our new God-given natures.
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 and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2 (ESV)
Up until recently I wasn’t exactly sure what renewing your mind actually looked like in practice. I knew I was supposed to do it, and I was aware that it was a daily process. But I wasn’t sure about the practicality behind it. What does a “renewed mind” look like? Is it something God does in me? Or do I have a role to play?
The more I dove into the Scriptures about it, the more I realized that that Bible had quite a bit to say about our thought life. In fact, I began to learn how critical our thought life is to our faith. We cannot be productive for the Kingdom, love the way we’re called to love, or even experience God’s peace and joy without first renewing our minds. It’s that important.
Renewing your mind is a crucial part of your Christian walk – one that you have to be diligent about on a daily basis.
Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. – Ephesians 4:21-24 (NLT)
The renewal of our minds is a part of the transformation that takes places when we become children of God. It’s where true spiritual growth begins and where important battles are won.
So will you join me on this 31-day adventure of renewing your mind?
So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. – 1 Peter 1:13 (NLT)
Click here for a full list of posts in my 31-day series!