This post is a part of Five Minute Friday, a writing flash mob that happens every week when writers are prompted by a single word to write for 5 minutes without any major editing. Just raw thoughts and emotions. You can find out more and/or join the party here.
I’m in a new relationship, but I’ve been treating it like it’s the same as the last one. It’s not the same. My reactions, thought patterns, fears and even some of my doubts are the same, but it’s not the same. He’s not the same. He reacts to me and my emotions differently. He treats me differently (that’s a good thing). He makes me feel differently. It’s me. I’m the same. I’ve been stuck in the old instead of embracing the new. It’s not the same.
How many times do we take old mindsets into new situations? Are you guilty of this? I know I am. Just like I have to change the way I approach my new relationship, sometimes we have to change the way we approach the world in any given situation. The world doesn’t change, but we can change.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
How do we renew our minds? For my relationship, it’s going back to the beginning and building on what I know to be true of this relationship. He is good, he is kind, he loves God, and he loves me. Otherwise? We look for truth in the only place we know we can find it reliably, God’s Word. Fill up on His Word and your reactions will change. The way you approach things will change. You will change. In a world that never changes, we are not the same.
I may have gone slightly over 5 minutes tonight. I am thankful that here is grace for that.