I confess that I lived a good part of my life chasing after material possessions, comfort, pleasure and success. I arrogantly believed I knew what was best for me.
My desires were my god.
I followed the pattern of this world.
What I Finally Realized
Eventually it dawned on me, what I was doing was not really working. I wasn’t happy. My relationships were not going well. I was never satisfied. I felt lost and alone.
I realized I needed a change.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 NLT
The pattern for living that I was copying wasn’t working out for me. It didn’t satisfy me in any real way.
No matter what I did, regardless of my level of success, what I bought or how many vacations I took, I eventually wound up thirsty again.
Let the Transformation Begin
Finally, I decided to try going to church. I had gone as a child. I was even baptized when I was about 12 years old so, I had some knowledge of God. However, I had drifted far away from His plan for my life.
The Word of God I had heard a long time ago was like the seed sown among the thorns in The Parable of the Sower:
As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. Matthew 13:22 ESV
Again, the pattern of this world was what I was following and it choked out the Word I heard early in my life so that it was unfruitful in me.
As an adult, when I got tired of surviving on the pig slop of life, I decided to check into God again. Fortunately, He led me and my wife to a great little church that talked about grace and God’s better way.
It was at this point that He began changing the way I think. He started renewing my mind. By exposing myself to God, I was spiritually transformed.
The Renovation Journey Continues
I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. Philippians 3:12 NLT
I’ve been a Christ Follower for a number of years now. However, He still has a lot of transforming still to do in me.
But, I can say that my life is SO much better now than it used to be. Things just keep improving. That’s not to say that I don’t still encounter the same trials and problems that everyone else does, but through His grace, I have grown in love, joy and peace which help me deal with life’s ups and downs.
He is renewing my mind. He is transforming me from the inside out. Little by little, the patterns of this world are being chipped away and a new creature is emerging.