Monday, September 24, 2018

Know When It's Time to Reboot


By Andrea Merrell 

And do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that you may prove what is that good and acceptable
and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2

My computer does the craziest things. Sometimes when I type a period, it spits out five or six. At other times, the screen will freeze, wacky pop-up messages will appear, or my printer will jam and fail to print.

That’s when it’s time to reboot.

It seems to work much the same in my everyday life. Sometimes when I intend to be positive and constructive, my words come out negative and snarky. At other times, my mind wanders, my routine gets off track, and my life gets totally out of kilter.

Just like my computer, that’s when it’s time to reboot.

The Bible gives us a lot of instructions about how we should conduct ourselves, but we have to choose to follow those instructions.

They say a mind is a terrible thing to waste. The biggest waste comes when we fail to renew our mind. When we begin to think like God thinks and our words and actions line up with His Word, our values and belief system change. Everything falls into proper perspective, opening the windows of heaven for God to bless us as He desires to do.

When my computer acts up, I can keep on fighting with it—which only leads to frustration—or I can do what’s necessary to fix it.

When my carnal nature acts up, I can keep on making excuses for my thoughts, words, and behavior—which only leads to feelings of guilt and condemnation—or I can do what the Word tells me to do. Always a win-win situation.

If you’re struggling in your spiritual walk, don’t get discouraged. It happens to everyone. Maybe you just need to reboot.

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