Renewing Your Mind and Healing Your Heart

I heard someone ask this question not too long ago:

What does your present

discouragement…

disappointment…

discontentment…

disillusionment…

say about what has wrongly captured your heart?

Take a moment and reflect on that question. What is the thing in your life that is making you feel discouraged, disappointed, discontent or disillusioned. Try to reduce it to the lowest common denominator. For example, if you feel discontent because you wish you had more money, look a little deeper and ask yourself why. Is it because you want to live in a more prestigious neighborhood, or drive a luxury car? If so, then perhaps it’s not so much the desire for more money that’s captured your heart, but the desire to have the approval of others – finding your value in what others think of you, instead of what God thinks of you.

Maybe it is something a little darker and more destructive, like discontentment in your marriage. But if you are honest, you’ll find you have have placed the burden of your happiness on the shoulders of your spouse, and at the very core you have been enslaved by selfishness and have become incapable of looking beyond your own perceived needs. You think your spouse should be your Jesus, your Savior. They cannot be – and thinking they are will lead to certain disillusionment.

Keep pondering this question until you’ve reached you own personal epiphany over a potential misplaced passion. Sit with it for a moment. How does it make you feel? Anxious? Troubled? Worried? Frustrated? Angry? Disgusted? Sad? Ashamed?

Now…using your beautiful, God-given, exclusively human ability to imagine, imagine what it would be like to be free from that thing that has wrongly captured your heart. I mean REALLY imagine. Close your eyes and immerse yourself in the possibilities. Give yourself permission, just for a few moments, to pretend that that thing that you want so badly doesn’t really matter. Pretend that you no longer desire it. Don’t worry, you can go back and snatch it up again as soon as you’re done pretending if you really want to. If it’s that important to you, you don’t really have to give it up. So go ahead, give yourself permission to imagine your life free of that bondage…

Were you able to garner a glimpse of what freedom might feel like? Would you like to sustain that freedom? Our Divine Creator is jealous for your affections. God wants your heart – and when God has your devotion, priorities align, your mind is healed, you are made new and life is much sweeter.

Don’t think you have the ability to force your mind into right thinking. Trying to achieve wholeness and balance in your own strength is futile. This is where the mystery of faith and Divine intervention intersects with humanity; when we choose to surrender our most treasured neurosis and allow the Spirit of God to replace it with joy and peace and light. That’s when you’ll get to the really good stuff!

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17

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