Call to Action: Moving Forward

By Heather Templeton


“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is begins corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Ephesians 4:22-24

To be made new in the attitude of my mind.
This is one of the hardest things for me right now.

In what has been a very trying and uncertain season for us, we have finally moved into our home and have begun to settle in {hallelujah!}.
It’s been a long road, and truth be told, my mind has not been fixed on Jesus through all of the details along the way.
I have fixated on my timing, and how things had not been going as I thought they would.
I have fixated on the workload, and how there seemed to be so much more to do than I felt that I could accomplish.
I have fixated on the wait, the struggle, the uprooting, the unease.
And I have fretted. Inwardly, mostly. My mind has taken on a bad attitude, and I knew it was high time to change that.

My call to action starts with myself, and it’s all about transforming my mind to be new in Christ:

  • Taking each thought captive, and banishing those thoughts in opposition to the Word of God.
  • Ensuring that I feed my mind with the Word daily.
  • Knowing my limits, so self-inflicted pressure doesn’t weigh me down.
  • Setting my mind on God and other, as looking away from self will automatically re-adjust my focus and change my attitude.

I love that the Lord saves.
I love that He forgives.
And I love that He’s coming back.

But one of my favorite things about the Lord is that he GETS me. He gets you. Right where we are at. He doesn’t just save and forgive with a plan to collect us at some point in the future.

He is with us ALWAYS.
In the good, in the bad.
In the trenches of our minds that get so far off the path.
I think that’s why this verse struck me with such intensity tonight.
He wants to transform me from the inside out.
My mind, my heart, my soul, my strength.
He wants it ALL.
And he won’t stop transforming us until the day he DOES return.

I am tired, this is true.
But He is greater, he is stronger, he is holy. And he is working in and through me, and all of my human imperfections, to bring about a conclusion to my life more wonderful than I could have ever dreamed of.
I am so thankful that He was, is, and is to come.
We will be transformed and renewed as we walk with Him and allow His truths to flood our entire beings with gospel truth each and every day.

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