A New You: Mental Renewal
Mental Renewal will not only make you feel better about yourself, it will also help you recondition your mind to think of yourself the way God thinks of you. Your body is literally a temple for God’s spirit. God “loaned” you His temple to accomplish His will and afforded you a free will to keep it maintained and prepared to do His work.
How do we accomplish it?
The ultimate way is spending quality time in reading God’s Word as well as reflecting on it. Paul’s encounter with Christ on the road to Damascus completely changed his thinking and actions. He urged and challenged the Romans (us) to do exactly the same – “… transform ourselves by the renewing of our minds…” and to do this in view of Christ’s sacrifice for us.
Mental Renewal Doctor
Dr. Harnish: As members of the body of Christ, we have a duty to assist each other. God works through us to help each other. It’s like your own body. If your left arm itches, you send your right hand over to scratch it. As a member of the body of Christ, if you are the left arm, you could seek help directly from the right hand. You could also ask the head (Christ), Jesus, please stop this itch, and He could send the right hand over.
Sharpen The Saw
|Physical:||Beneficial eating, exercising, and resting|
|Social/Emotional:||Making social and meaningful connections with others|
|Mental:||Learning, reading, writing, and teaching|
|Spiritual:||Spending time in nature, expanding spiritual self through meditation, music, art, prayer, or service|
As you renew yourself in each of the four areas, you create growth and change in your life. Sharpen the Saw keeps you fresh so you can continue to practice the other six habits. You increase your capacity to produce and handle the challenges around you. Without this renewal, the body becomes weak, the mind mechanical, the emotions raw, the spirit insensitive, and the person selfish. Not a pretty picture, is it?
You can renew yourself through relaxation. Or you can totally burn yourself out by overdoing everything. You can experience vibrant energy. Or you can procrastinate and miss out on the benefits of good health and exercise. You can revitalize yourself and face a new day in peace and harmony. Or you can wake up in the morning full of apathy because your get-up-and-go has got-up-and-gone. Just remember that every day provides a new opportunity for renewal–a new opportunity to recharge yourself instead of hitting the wall. All it takes is the desire, knowledge, and skill.
Author: Evelyn van der Merwe
Evelyn is a freelance writer and she can be contacted for guest posts.