We’ve defined change. We’ve discussed physical change. Let’s move on to mental change.
This one is harder to gauge. Most of the time, a mental change does not happen in the blink of an eye. No, this sort of change takes work and focus. However, it also happens in the reverse.
When we’re diligent about what we’re setting our mind on. We purposely seek out those people/things which build us up. We are intent on insuring the music we listen to, the shows we watch, the things we read, the people we spend time with, and what we use our free time doing. We will see our minds begin to shift to thinking more positively about everything in and around us.
However, when we fail to remain focused on those which build us up, we find ourselves easily distracted. We begin to crave things that we know aren’t any good for us. We will find ourselves slipping. Sometimes it’ll only be a step or two, other times we’ll find ourselves so far down in the pit that we don’t even know when or how we arrived there.
The best way I’ve found to remain focused on that which will build me up, is to remain connected with people who love, support and are praying for me always. For me, this comes through my accountability partner, my women’s group through church and my online study gals. These relationships are vital to me.
We are walking through the tough stuff of life together all because we all realized that we needed something more. That walking through this life is harder when you do not have anyone to help you through.
If I’m totally honest, by the end of last week, I found myself down. By Wednesday, I was exhausted in every aspect of life. I was short with the ones I love the most. I was just feeling run down. Over the weekend I figured out why, I had allowed myself to get distracted during the time I’d been using to study the word.
Instead of saying no to the things that vied for my attention during that hour (or so) after work, I said yes to going and doing things other than study the word and let Him nourish my soul.
The challenge now is to become more adamant about taking that time to search our my Creator, to praise Him, to listen for His words for me each day. I have to say yes to taking the time that He has blessed me with to go sit and meet with Him.
Using that time for anything else has proven to hinder this thriving through change.
Is there time in your day where you need to say no to something in order to say yes to being loved on by the Lover of your soul?
*This post is part of a 31 day series. To find the entire list of posts please go to this post. I cannot wait to share this experience with you.