As you read this, I will be returning my daughter to Philadelphia, PA to begin her second year of college. It’s only 2 hours away, but she’s gone. Her room is quiet, I do not hear her laughter echoing off the walls, nor do I hear the dance of her footsteps upon the starts. I have to adjust to a new mindset. And that is the way of transformational change.
Ephesians 4:22-24 teaches us
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
As the mom of a college student, I am putting on a new self. I am parenting a fledgling adult, and together we are learning new rhythms. The same thing happened with my relationship to food, fitness, health and wellness. Today, sisters, I want you to begin by freeing your minds.
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One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Let’s begin by letting go of the expectations and habits that brought each of us to the realization that we desired to treat our temples differently. Let’s begin there. Did you write your apology to your temple? Did you apologize for not consistently being a goodly, Godly steward? Keep that document close to your heart; let it be your accountability partner. When you remember what you don’t want to return to, you are more likely to move away from it than returning to it. Make peace with what was, but firmly, assuredly, close that door. It’s time to free your mind.
This week, I challenge you to pray about and then adopt, just ONE change you can commit to making in this new effort. I caution you to go slowly. Remember the Chinese proverb, a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step; I live by that. In the first week of my transformation, I made one change, and it is one by which I abide to this day. Before every single meal, I eat a first course. In the morning that might be a piece of fruit or a couple carrots with my coffee. I am breaking my fast, but also taking the edge off my hunger. When I decide what I will eat for breakfast, it is a calm, thoughtful choice, and I’m not starving. Often, I nibble while I’m cooking, savoring not only what I am preparing but also the texture, smells, and flavors of my snack. At lunch, perhaps it’s a small green salad. In every case, at every meal, I remember to plan for a first course. Even when traveling, I ensure there is something good to snack on…I buy bags of baby carrots a half dozen at a time, or blueberries, kiwis, anything that makes me slow down and savor, breathe, and appreciate the variety of goodness in Our Father’s Kingdom.
Snacking as an act of grateful worship? Yup. It’s all about perspective. We miss so many opportunities to give thanks because we’re busy buzzing from thing to thing. Slow down. Savor. Experience. Appreciate. I look forward to hearing your testimonies and your discoveries about your one thing. That one bit of your mind that you’ll be freeing. I’ll be releasing our beautiful bird from the nest. Praise God, she knows the way home, and isn’t too far. I’m learning to let go. I’m freeing my girl, and freeing my mind. The rest? To God be the Glory…..it’ll follow.
From Psalms 51….
God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not banish me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore the joy of Your salvation to me, and give me a willing spirit. Then I will teach the rebellious Your ways, and sinners will return to You.
It’s time to restore our temples.
We’re going to do it together, in Jesus’ Name, Selah and Amen.