Some of us made New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, catch up with friends more or even exercise more often. They are all well and good but did you ever think about having a resolution to change your soul. What’s your soul you might ask? Well, it is your mind, will and emotions. In essence, it is how you think, how you behave and how you control yourself. It is the very heart of you that people see – what you are really like. Most times, these areas need a resolution to make them better which leads to a new you and a new me.
So how do we think better. In the Bible, it tells us to renew our minds- to change the way we think to how God thinks. Let’s just do an exercise. What do you see when you look in the mirror? What thoughts are popping up in your mind? Do those thoughts contain words like fat, ugly or do they contain the words, beautiful, marvellous creation, uniquely me. Those first words are not how God sees you but the second ones are. God sees you as righteous, holy, a new creation and His princess. That is the reason we need to change our thinking. It often is not right – it may be what you think you see – but it is not the truth. Once you change your thinking to Gods way of thinking which is good, a new you will start to emerge.
How you behave? Are you selfish in your behaviour towards others or are you always kind. Do you treat people differently because of their class, their looks or their race. If so, I want you to think about this. God loves you unconditionally. He doesn’t say because you are not Jewish, I don’t love you. No God loves everyone. We should too regardless of any mindsets we have. We need to change to Gods way and out of that will emerge a new you.
What about how you control yourself? Are you always angry, upset or appear to be mad with the world. If so, God wants us to grow some fruit. Some fruit but I’m not a tree. The fruit I am talking about is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). These are the things that God wants evident in our lives. As we work on these areas, a new you will emerge.
So this year, plan on working on some of these areas and watch a new you emerge. I will be to watch a new me emerge. Won’t you join me? Have a blessed week and keep living the life God intended for you.