The Renewing of Your Mind
by Mary Beth Singleterry
There is a verse in the Bible that says, “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Rom.) No doubt, there are many of us in need of that kind of transformation! Old habits and old ways cling fast and would try to hold us back; but in order to progress, the renewing process needs to take place.
The word “renew” means to “restore to a former state; to make new, fresh and vigorous.” (1828 Webster Dictionary) As this definition implies, when we are willing to make needed changes in our lives, the result will inevitably be transformation, to our original (and only!) state as a child of God, no longer hampered by false views or training. Some time ago, I would lie awake at night worried about the future. Worrying was an old familiar habit of mine, one I had indulged in most of my life. But one night that verse from Romans came to mind. I sat up and turned to the Bible and opened to this passage in Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” As I read these strong and comforting words, it became clear this was definitely an angel message from God!
I began to earnestly work with this passage, day and night, knowing God was ever-present — to strengthen, to help and to uphold me. Soon the worry habit that had been so aggressive faded into its native nothingness. How could I worry when God was saying, “Fear not”? The future is safe in His hand.
When we take the word of God deep into our very being, it cannot help but to renew our minds and so transform our lives. As Mrs. Eddy states in Science and Health, “The eternal Truth destroys what mortals seem to have learned from error, and man’s real existence as a child of God comes to light.”