I Changed My Mind
How often have you heard someone say “this is just who I am”? It’s typically said when there is a disagreement with someone’s actions. More often than not, it comes up as a cop out to continue with one’s behavior. Maybe we’re comfortable being rude, late, judgmental, lazy, or irresponsible. We don’t want to change because that would cause us to deal with our own insecurities. However, if we desire to have a relationship with Jesus, there comes a time where you have to say I changed my mind.
Being an introvert, it is easy for me to say that I don’t care to interact with people too often. Although I am recharged by having alone time, as a woman walking into my purpose, I had to change my mind about how I interacted with others. Though being “stand off’ish” was something I was comfortable doing before, (and to be honest it’s something I am still working on now), it does not line up with where God is taking me. Your character trait doesn’t dictate how you are portrayed to others.
You hold that power.
The Bible says that there is power in the tongue. When you speak, your words do not disappear into thin air. They have a way of going ahead of you and meeting you in your future. In Christ we are new creatures and old things, old speech, old relationships, and old habits have passed away. God wants to do a new thing in our lives. If we choose to remain how we have always been, we should expect to continue to feel rejected, abandoned, misunderstood and overlooked. God uses people to hold a mirror up to us so that we can see our reflection. Instead of seeing ourselves at face value, we let our insecurities and pride get in the way. This in turn won’t allow us to receive the image we are reflecting to others.
In the book of John, it states that the truth will set you free. The problem is that the truth hurts sometimes and we try to avoid it like the plague. The thing is, everybody can’t be wrong if you are being perceived a certain way to others. I even had to take a deep hard look at myself before and accept how I was being perceived. It’s not to say that everything they thought was accurate but I had to take inventory of the energy I was given off. It takes you making a decision to weed out the truth from the misconceptions and accepting that you can be better than you’ve been. Now don’t get this twisted with people pleasing but rather understand that no matter where we are in life, we must be open to change some things.
Change begins in our mind.
God has so much in store for those who love Him. It is up to us, however, to tap into the things of God by transforming our minds. We can’t continue to think the same way. It is not always easy but in the event where it is difficult, know that it is possible. The Lord has given us free will. So that means we can decide whether to remain in our old patterns because it is familiar, or step out into something new, even though it is uncomfortable. At the end of the day, we should be open and willing to be better.
In Relentless Pursuit,
“Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him.” – Romans 12:2 CEV