I wrote here about how it is necessary to change our mindsets and how we approach new situations.
I was having a conversation with my honey, and I heard myself say, “That’s the way I’ve always done it.” I could hear the frustration in his voice when he told me I hadn’t changed my mindsets at all. Well, that’s true. It had been less than two days since I realized I was treating our new love the same as I had my old relationships. Change doesn’t happen overnight. It’s going to take some time to reverse those thought processes.
The wait for change can be a frustrating one. Change can take a week, a month, a year, or maybe even longer. In short, change can be a slow process, just like loosing weight. Those extra pounds didn’t just suddenly appear and they’re not going to melt away suddenly either. It takes works and time. Your thought processes weren’t formed overnight either. Changing them is also going to take work and time. You have to be active about change, whether you’re talking about shedding a few extra pounds or reversing the thought processes that are keeping you trapped in the way you used to do things. Change is active. It requires you to do something.
We talked about reading God’s Word as a means of renewing our minds. The deeper into His Word you get, the more you’ll learn about His heart, and the more you’ll start to change to reflect that heart. The next thing to tackle in striving for change is prayer. Prayer is a powerful thing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to, “Pray without ceasing.” Ephesians 6:18 says, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” I could go on and on with many more scriptures about prayer. Prayer plays an important role in our spiritual life and in the way we think and approach many situations. So what are you waiting for? He already knows everything you’re thinking anyway. Might as well have a conversation with Him about those thoughts.
And remember, change takes time. Remember patience and gentleness while waiting on change in others or in yourself. Slow and steady wins the race right!