Have you ever thought about what or who shapes your thoughts, your perspective, and your impressions? By that I mean, have you ever thought about why you believe what you believe about marriage, school, church, or God? Where did those beliefs come from? Was it your mom or dad, your friend, your grandparents or someone else?
If you think about it, each one of us has a perspective of life. Our view or perspective of life may have been shaped by past experiences, our family, or even the place where we grew up. And, we pretty much live our lives based on what we believe. I think that is why God tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. In fact, Romans 12.2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Our natural inclination is to live life like the rest of the world: “do unto others before they do unto me.” But God says don’t be like the world: allow me to renew your mind, influence your thoughts, and give you a new perspective of life.
Director of Adult Ministries