"that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. "
Ephesians 4:22-24 (NKJV)
Here we are at the beginning of a new year and we are excited about what the future holds. Many of us have set new resolutions, while others have determined that setting resolutions are antiquated so we now in our progressiveness set goals. The idea has become that since so many of us fail to meet or achieve our resolutions, that setting goals is actually more achievable. But the truth of the matter is, no matter what wording you use, if you don’t have the right mindset and plans in place you are likely to still fall short of achieving what you set out to do.
Making a determination to change external stuff without first changing internal attitudes and mindsets is actually pointless. External changes will only last for a season without a solid and firm internal foundation. As people we have this innate ability to try to begin new things, without first doing away with old. We try to start new relationships, without healing from the hurt of past ones. We try to begin new eating and physical regimens, without first acknowledging the habits that we need to overcome that keep us unhealthy. The list can go on and on with examples of how we try to begin anew, without getting rid of the old.
In this scripture the Apostle Paul is admonishing the church of Corinth of their need to consciously get rid of worldly thinking and living that kept them from being able to live according to the will of God, while simultaneously renewing their mind and putting on the new man. Meaning one has to daily and consciously make the decision to be changed from the inside out by changing how one thinks. While Paul was specifically addressing spiritual maturity in this text, the application can be attained in the natural by understanding and living out this principle.
If you want to see real and lasting change in your life, start with changing your mindset. Once you do that you will see your heart, words and actions will follow suit and you will begin setting the firm foundation for every external change you are seeking. Further you will never have to try and "reset" yourself or your life at the beginning of a new year, growth will be a constant factor in your life!