How are you renewed to face each day? Is it a good night’s sleep? Is it by looking forward to something good happening today? Is it because of a positive attitude? Or, do you have a more powerful source that renews you?
We have all experienced the drudgery of this world. There are numerous worries that can weigh us down. Most recently, the news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has many people concerned. Some are cancelling travel. Some are hording necessities. Some are deciding to no longer go out in public unless it is absolutely necessary. For some, fear has frozen them. Certainly, we should all carefully take care of our health and be respectful of others.
There are others who seem to be at peace. These people seem to have no worries at all. We may wonder how they can go through life with no worries. Yet, are we sure they have no worries? Or, are they relying on a greater power?
Paul tells the Roman church in Romans 12:2 to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” This transformation is not something we can do on our own. We must rely on God to transform our thoughts. It is through the knowledge of what God has done and knowing His promises that our minds can be transformed.
Do we reach out to God and ask Him to transform us? Or, do we simply ask Him to bless what we want and our current plans? We, too often, refuse to be transformed. We want things to stay the way they are. Unfortunately, as the old saying goes, the only constant is change. The world changes every day. We change every day. Each day we have new experiences. Each new experience will change us, even if only in the minutest way.
If we are changing every day and the world around us is changing every day, why not ask God to transform us each day? Don’t we believe we would be better off if the Creator of all things was the one directing our change? God knows every particle of us, each tiny piece of our DNA. God knows us better than we know ourselves. He can make the best changes in us.
I suggest we start asking God each day to transform us, to build us up, to make the changes in us that He knows is best. We just might find that we become someone others admire. We just might find that we come to respect ourselves. We just might find that we become the person God wants us to be and the person we want to be, even if we don’t know it beforehand.
I pray each of us will ask God to transform us from the inside out each day. I pray that we release our desires to take on God’s desires. I pray we periodically step back and review the changes God has made in us. Ask God to transform you. Ask God to renew you. Ask God to create you anew. Trust Him to make the right changes. Trust the Creator of all things.
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.