There’s a big difference between managing your mind and renewing it. Managing is seeing and dealing with life from within the constraints your own strength and experience. For most, that’s eventually overwhelming, exhausting, and unfulfilling.
Renewing your mind is letting God transform the way you see your relationships, circumstances, and yourself as he does. It’s living in agreement with the grace, peace, joy, kindness, and wisdom he speaks to your heart. It’s knowing you’re never alone, and never unloved, no matter what you’re dealing with.
If you find yourself overanalyzing everything and everyone, and obsessing over all you’re missing, what else you might lose, and what you wish would have happened, hit the renew button. Start by thanking God for one good thing in your life, and another, and another, until the peace that follows thankfulness overwhelms every dark thought.
Center in on who God wants to be for you right now, and who he says you’re becoming. Accelerate the process by taking every opportunity he gives to encourage and bless others, treating them like they’re as greatly loved by God as he loves you. Because they are.
Choose to see this day as one of the best of your life in Jesus, and it will be.
“Don’t copy the behavior and opinions of this world, but rather let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you’ll know God’s will for you, which is always good, satisfying, and makes you whole” (Romans 12:2).