Scripture Of The Week

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.  Rom. 12:2
We have, probably, heard this kind of story before:  Once there was a man walking through his city who came upon a construction site.  Curious about what was going on, he asked the first worker laying bricks what he was building.  In a bored, slightly irritated voice, he said, “I’m building a wall.”  He kept walking and met another bricklayer and asked the same question. “Oh, I’m building a church,” he replied in a relaxed tone.  “It will be nice.”  Finally, he met the third bricklayer and asked him what he was building.  “I’m building a house of God,” he said with both joy and conviction.
In describing this colloquial parable, Angela Duckworth says the three men see their work in three different modes:  the first as a job;  the second as a vocation, and the third as a calling.  All are fostering different thoughts abut the same work and ultimately these thoughts will form very different paths for these men.
You see, we become our thoughts.   Every circumstance in our lives, whether good or bad, is affected by our thinking.  Though it seems overwhelming, this is good news because Jesus reminds us we if we see transformation in this part of our lives, we, reap great rewards in nearly every other part!
To put it another way: Our thoughts today are our results tomorrow.  One of the most profound changes Christians can make on their journey of faith is allow the Lord to adjust our perspective. While we may not be able control the events of life, we can control letting the Lord change our attitudes and how we react to situations.  Since assuming a more positive view will not come naturally, we need the Lord to initiate the change in us.
No matter what situation we find ourselves in today, through the Lord, such a change is possible!  Growth begins when we acknowledge that we have the opportunity for the Lord to change our thoughts and begin making minor adjustments to our course.  As we choose to let the Lord do this work, we will realize a shift in our  perspectives and as the Lord feeds our spirits, our lives can go from ordinary to truly extraordinary.
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