Do you ever feel like you’ll never change?
Maybe you’ve been struggling with the same sin for years. Or you’re stuck in the grip of a negative emotion like worry, anger, or insecurity. Or you’ve been trying to start a habit–like have a daily quiet time–but it’s not happening.
We all know how hopeless that feels because we’ve all been there.
Thankfully, God has a plan. It’s in the Bible. In Romans 12:2 Paul tells us what to do if we want to be transformed: Renew our minds.
But what does that look like? If Paul had said, “Have a quiet time,” we’d know what to do: read our Bibles and pray.
If Paul had said, “Set a goal, make a plan, and get to work,” we’d also know what to do. We’ve heard a lot of teaching on that sort of thing.
Even if Paul had said, “Claim the victory that has already been won!” or “Rely on grace!” or “God will change you in His time!” we could rest easy—because even if we didn’t know exactly what he meant, it would at least be clear that we don’t have to do anything.
But Paul didn’t say any of those things. Instead he said:
Do not be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds.
But what does that mean? How do you renew your mind? What does that look like on a practical, day-to-day, situation-by-situation basis?
That’s what we’ll be talking about in The Renewing of the Mind Project. Think of it as a workshop on transformation. Not one of those workshops where you sit for a couple of days, take in a lot of great information, then go home and forget it.
No, this is a hands-on workshop. Where you focus on one area of your life—something you’d really like to change—and learn how to go to God for help with it.
I hope you’ll join me for the journey. I’ve been renewing my mind consistently for fourteen years now, and I can’t tell you how much God has used this discipline in my life. I’ve also had wonderful emails from many of you who have shared your own experiences.
New and Old
If you’ve read my other books and blog posts already, much of the material in this book will be familiar. In a sense, this is an I Deserve a Donut type of book to give to your friend who doesn’t struggle with overeating. But there are a few differences.
First, I have 19 sets of questions and Bible verses for starting a habit or pursuing a goal. These are the questions and Bible verses I’ve been using for the last couple of years to get myself to write. (Some of these questions are in the appendix of Taste for Truth:A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study.)
Second, I have 14 sets of questions, Bible verses, and tips on stopping a habit, similar to the questions in I Deserve a Donut, although I do have one new category (opportunity/sneakiness). I’ve also included the emotions questions and Bible verses from that book, but I have changed some of them a bit and also added more Bible verses.
Third, there are several different worksheets and tips you can use work on transformation in other areas of your lives, besides eating. You can use this book to work on letting go of emotions like worry, stress, insecurity, and annoyance, break a habit such as too much Internet, pursue a goal such as writing a book, or start a new habit such as having a quiet time.
And finally, I have a lot more foundational material. The book is 6 X 9, 132 pages, so it’s quite a bit longer than I Deserve a Donut. I’ve also included lots of practical examples of how to renew your mind in areas such as Facebook, insecurity, pornography, worry, and breaking habits.
I hope the book will be helpful to you. I’ve had the proof at my house for two weeks now, and have already been using the questions and Bible verses consistently just to help me have the courage to actually publish it!
If you’d like to purchase the book, here are the links:
The Renewing of the Mind Project Kindle (Note: Since this is a resource type of book, it might be easier to use as a paperback. Also, if you order a paperback, you can buy a kindle for 99 cents.)
P.S. If you’d like a free Bible study to go with the book, check out my New Year’s Resolution Bible Study.