As I settle back into being home and back in my office, I realize how truly busy my life is. Sometimes you do not realize what you do, until you step away from it for a while. Working on your personal character can be like that. You fill yourself with the word of God, and work hard at renewing your mind. Still, we may remain hard on ourselves thinking we aren't changing, or that it isn't making a difference. Then, we get with the old crowd, or find ourselves in an old situation, and there it is! The new you emerges. All the hard word and daily Bible reading and meditation has really paid off.
I have returned from my yearly vacation with a renewed vitality. A fresh perspective on things. The praise and worship seemed sweeter yesterday. I truly missed everyone. Admittedly, I am a bit overwhelmed with all I need to accomplish in a very short period of time, but I have this inner sense that tells me, "You've got this" and "It's going to be okay". Just like this little vacation gave me a fresh wind, working on becoming more like Christ changes us in such subtle ways we sometimes don't realize that, we really aren't the same person that began our journey with Christ. We can begin to identify with Paul when he shares that, he no longer lives but Christ in him now lives.
Action Step: Beginning today start working on becoming more like Christ. Just 5 minutes a day in the Word of God can make a huge difference. You can always work yourself up to a longer amount of time, but start small. Also, pick a weakness and begin to research just that one topic. Do a Google search on it. An example would be gossip, or negative thinking, or procrastination. Then find out what the Word of God has to say about it. Research characters of the Bible that had the same frailty, and see how they overcame their weakness, and became strong. Then, the next time you get the opportunity to step away for a while and then come back, you too may realize, "Hey! this renewing my mind thing really works".
Women of Witness Fall Intensive at Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, WV October 12-14, 2017 www.remarkablewoman.org
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Rena Perozich is a wife, mother, mentor, author, and encourager. Her life's purpose is to become all God has called her to be and to encourage others to do the same. Learn more.