This morning I was thinking about what it takes to make a lifestyle change. I’m using the words from Hebrews 5:14 ~ who by reason of use (practice) and have their senses exercised. Amplified says trained by practice.
In exercise we train ourselves to do something on a consistent basis to bring change. Last night I started a new exercise to help my stiff feet be more flexible. I realized that in order to really benefit from this, I needed to incorporate it as a lifestyle change.
This means that I must renew my mind and my attitude. I have to consciously bring in new thoughts about persistence, pursuing, being steadfast and immoveable. These will help me build new thought patterns.
My soul (mind, will, emotions) will undergo the change which will then affect my body. Our mind leads off, and our will and emotions follow. I’ll use a braid for example. As I used to braid my hair, I separated it into three strands. One strand was interwoven with the other two strands, consistent interweaving until I formed a solid braid.
I know from experience that I must start small. If I try to do the full exercise I will get discouraged and either drop my goal or approach it in a haphazard way. As I increase slowly, I am training my mind and my body to accomplish my new goal. Consistency and conscientious thoughts are essential.
We renew our mind in order to bring lasting change ~ spiritually and physically. I love Ephesians 4:23 in the Amplified. It says, “And be consistently renewed in the spirit of your mind (having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude).”