We’ve all heard it before, “Do not be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind.” But what does that mean? And what does it look like on a practical level?
We’ll answer those questions and more in this 4-Week Renewing of the Mind Workshop. I originally published this workshop as a blog series right after New Year’s Day many years ago.
Since then I’ve made a list of all the posts so it’s easier to follow. Before you get started on Week 1 of the Renewing of the Mind Worksop, try to read the following blog posts and do any of the worksheets or Bible studies:
- New Year’s Resolution Bible Study
- New Year’s Resolution Worksheet
- Making a Plan
- Bible Study: Working With God on Your Goal
- Bible Study: When God Doesn’t Change You Instantly
After you read these posts and do the worksheets, you can use the Renewing of the Mind Workshop weekly plans at the bottom of this post to pursue your goal.
Update: If you’d like another resource to help you with your goal, check out The Renewing of the Mind Project.
Week One Plan
Today: Read Help for Your Goal: A Renewing of the Mind Workshop. Then buy a journal you can use for this project. If you think you might want to throw away some of your entries so no one sees them, get a journal with pages you can tear out.
Monday: Do the Bible study: God’s View of Your Goal.
Tuesday: Look at the chart you made for yesterday’s Bible study. Can you think of any Scripture verses that tie in with the truths you wrote for God’s side of the chart? Choose one of those verses and write a Scripture prayer about your goal, using that verse as your guide.
Wednesday: Read the Renewing of the Mind Bible Verses post. Choose one Bible verse and write a Scripture prayer in your journal. You can either pray the prayer for your new year’s goal or for your goal of developing a renewing-of-the-mind habit.
Thursday: Truth journal about something that is currently going on in your life, preferably regarding your goal. For example, if your goal is to be grateful and something just happened to make you discontent or worried or stressed out, truth journal about that. After you’re through truth journaling, ask yourself this question: Is there anything I need to accept? Then accept it. (Even though it’s hard!)
If you’re new to truth journaling, don’t spend too much time thinking before you write. Just spill out your thoughts. The thinking part comes in when you look at each sentence, one at a time, to see if it’s true.
Saturday: Read Practical Truth vs. Biblical Truth and make a chart for your goal.
Sunday: Have a great, long quiet time and soak in God’s presence. If something bugs you, truth journal about it. (Note: There’s a reason I gave the last part of this assignment on the day you go to church!)
Comments: Come back and let me know how you’re doing this week if you get a chance.
Week 2 Plan: Click here for week 2 plan.
P.S. If you click on the bold words above, you’ll find links to a post talking about that subject. You can also do a search on my blog for a topic you’re interested in – just use that little search box over on the right.
P.P.S. If you feel like giving up on your new year’s resolution this week, click here.