Renew Your Mind for Greatness
The Easter season is a season of Renewal and New Life. In Romans 12:2, the bible says: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
It is important that during this season we consider the way our minds work. We need to take steps to renew the way we process information and the way that we think. It is only through the renewal of the mind that the purpose that the Lord has for you can be established in your life. Our minds can either act as a springboard and propeller for greatness or can be our prison of doubt, fear and depression.
Over the years, your mind has been taught how to function by your life experiences, your environment, the media and society at large. Over the years, you may have learnt that things never quite work out the way you had planned so it is not worth trying anymore. You may have learnt that because you have not been as successful as you would like in a number of areas – you are likely to always fail. You may have learnt that some people can be dishonest so you don’t trust anybody. You may have tried something new and been hurt in the process so now you are afraid to step out of your comfort zone. However, to move forward, you are going to have to teach your mind to reject the negative lessons it has learnt and embrace hope, faith, confidence, boldness, motivation and other positive attributes that will make room for the purpose of God in your life. The bible gives us some guidance on how we can begin to renew our minds: “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” Colossians 3:16
Here are some quotes from 4 of the world’s most successful people who have recognised the power of the mind and used it to their advantage.
- “The realisation that limitations are imaginary will make you strong and overpowering.” – Stephen Richards
- “Man’s mind once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
- “ Even when I was in the orphanage, when I was roaming the street trying to find enough to eat, even then I thought of myself as the greatest actor in the world. I had to feel the exuberance that comes from utter confidence in yourself. Without it, you go down to defeat.” – Charlie Chaplin, actor, director
- “The monsters of the mind are far worse than those that actually exist. Fear, doubt, and hate have hamstrung more people than beasts ever have.” – Christopher Paolini, author