I wrote in my last post about Resistance...and if you look at the number of posts I have had this year...enough said.
I love how September came this year escorted by a long weekend. I've taken advantage of it to spend some quiet time and review some of the causes of my resistance...the clogs in my creative arteries.
I've come to realize that creativity is not going to happen naturally, if I'm not focusing on the essentials of life: joy, gratitude, discipline, relationships. My creativity does not come because I want it to; it is a natural by-product of joy, gratitude, disciplines, and relationships I experience every day.
I am taking the "Renewing of Your Mind" challenge...(sorry no buckets of ice water)...which I hope evolves into a lifelong habit. It comes from the verse in Romans 12:2...
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (ESV)or as Phillips puts it:
Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold but let God re-mold your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity.So, Barb Raveling suggests in making any kind of commitment or habit:
- Make a plan (okay...)
- Renew your mind at the same time every day. (Goal: 6 a.m. daily)
- Get your ducks in a row. (Have my Bible, journal, et al. out before bed, ready to go.)
- Remember that you have an enemy. (Duly noted.)
- Get an accountability partner. (Well, I've gone public on here now so it's not hidden.)
Let's face it...not much in this culture encourages joy and gratitude. I want everything I say or do or create be an overflow of the joy and gratitude God brings to me from renewing my mind as I let Him transform me.
More later...I may be sharing even deeper secrets in the days to come.