Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. ‭‭
2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭RSV‬‬

One way to get “unplugged” is to try something new. Who doesn’t love a new beginning? So often, I look back on life and see the many new beginnings God has given me, and it reminds me of God’s persistent love. I have made so many mistakes in my life and yet God continues to shape me and mold me in the image of Christ. Many of us would like change to come to our lives, but if we are honest, we would prefer change to happen with a quick fix. For me, I have done many years of fad diets. They only work for a short period of time. To make lasting change, I had to change how I thought about food and exercise. “The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”―Albert Einstein

Some issues in our lives can be deep-rooted from years of a flawed belief pattern. The only way change can come is to first change our thought pattern. I can tell you from personal experience that most of the lasting changes that happened in my life all started with a change of mind. In my mind I see God’s preferred future, and then my behavior adjusts accordingly. The Apostle Paul admonishes us in the letter to the Corinthians to renew our minds. Here lies the key to remaining a changed person. If we keep our thought life synchronized with God’s Word, we will be stable in holding our position as the “New Creation!” May you renew your mind this week as you reflect on God’s plan for your life. May you become a new person in the image of Christ.
In Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Paul
Questions to Consider:
1. Why do you think we develop bad habits?
2. When is a time in your life when you have changed your thinking? How did that change your habits?
3. What are some things you would like to change in your life? Where do you need a new beginning?