I have seen many people get “stuck” in the mundane routines of everyday life. In fact, I have been there many times before. As I read C.S. Lewis’ quote “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream”, I was reminded of an inspiring verse, (which usually happens because my analytical brain asks the “why and how” questions). Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (KJV).
A new dream, goal, or inspiring moment may come from taken some time to sit quietly with the Lord; listening and allowing Him to renew your mind.
In the previous verse Paul sets the stage for a method of change. We are to present our bodies as living sacrifices unto Him. The first question that came to my mind as I read this verse was “what kind of sacrifice and what is acceptable and holy”? 1 Cor. 6:19-20 “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s”.
In order for us to present ourselves to the Lord we must be ready for change. Ever have a hard time falling asleep because you have a million thoughts racing through your mind? Well, the same holds true when we try to listen to the Lord. “But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand” (Isa. 64:8).
We all get stuck at times and most of us would admit that we enjoy dreaming or set new goals. Find some quiet time to clear your mind. Before delving into your daily devotional routine, empty your mind. Think of yourself as a block of clay and allow the Lord to mold you into the beautiful creation he has designed you to be. In order to renew our minds we have to empty out the things this world. Otherwise our sacrifice will be spotted and blemished. Don’t we owe it to the Lord to give him our very best? He gave his very best for each of us…with grace and mercy…his only beloved Son!