As we get into the New Year, many people want a new start and a better year. Some still make resolutions to change to start being the person they really want to be. Each resolution is a change. It is a change of action, a change or priority and a change or thinking.
However, studies have shown for years that most New Year’s Resolutions fade by the middle of February. The reasons are varied, but one of the most notable has always been the way one thinks. Even Solomon understood this in Proverbs 23.7, “As he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
Our minds control our actions, and even our outlook. Our mind is often called the “heart” in Scripture. The heart mentioned is the seat of emotions, the inward thoughts of our mind. Again, the wisdom of Solomon is found in Proverbs 4.23, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” Solomon knew the purpose of guarding your heart, or your mind.
Jesus, speaking to the people, says, ““Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” (Matthew 15.10,11) And a few verses down, He clarifies it more, “But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. (Matthew 15:18)
We know the words of Paul regarding the mind when he writes to the Colossians church in Colossians 3.2, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
How are you planning to change your mind? How are you planning to guard your mind this year?
To truly change, we must change our minds. When Peter said, “Repent” in Acts 2.38, the Greek word he used is “metanoeō.” It means to “think differently, “to “reconsider.” (Strongs) Digging deeper into the word, you will find that Peter wants them to change their hearts.
Are you changing your heart?
Just some thoughts,