“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let GOD transform you into a new person by changing the way that you think.” (Romans 12:2, NLT)
I have no idea exactly how I’m going to renew my mind, but for some reason this scripture spoke to me. I mean, let’s be honest, I’ve been told before that I’m a “know-it-all”. But it wasn’t until recent years that I truly understood why people say that about me. After thinking about conversations with close friends (and conversations with myself, lol), I realize that people have continuously misunderstood my specific and clear way of presenting my opinion to be a sign that I know a lot more than just what I’m discussing at that moment. This could not be further from the truth.
The truth is that the one thing that I do know is that I don’t know it all. That’s the reason why I like to meet new people, have new experiences, and constantly learn new things. It’s because the few things that I have managed to figure out on my own MUST be a very small fraction of all the things I could possibly know. I mean think about it, if we each already knew all that there is to know about life, why we haven’t achieved more, taught more, or changed or experienced more of the world? Let’s marinate on that for a minute….
So, let me publicly agree with the haters of my past and say: “I don’t know everything”. No one knows everything. This is the reason why this scripture struck a chord in my spirit. It’s because I know that I need to renew my mind; because I feel like I’ve gotten to a point of stagnation. I don’t feel like I’m growing or learning as much as I did when I was in school or in a new environment. In recent years, I’ve tried various things to help me ‘move forward’ but nothing has really changed in my life. This reality has brought me to this exact moment where this scripture is truly giving me life!
So, to move forward, I’m not going to throw out all the things that I’ve learned over the years. (Not because I don’t want to, but because I’ve done that before and I think it’s an extreme approach to a situation that actually only needs tweaking.) I’m even going to hold fast to the principles that caused people to think that I was a know-it-all. When I assert myself and speak out about something, I am truly going to speak up. And when I discuss a concept and voice my opinion, I will continue to make sure it is logically presented. BUT with the principles I’ve tested over the years and the wisdom and southern charm that has been imparted to me, I’m going to step out on faith and say that I want to renew my mind so I am capable of learning MORE!
I’m looking forward to transforming the way that think. I’m looking forward to letting GOD renew my mind because I know that He will understand my shortcomings and will show me things in ways that my mind and spirit can truly understand so that they both actually can be transformed. I’m going to let the January scripture (LINK) be my guide and I’m going to lean heavily on my faith and trust that as I do things for the Lord, He will continue to create wonderful opportunities for me to renew my mind.