Life At Its Best: Change your thinking, change your life, change the world
Change is inevitable. It's a part of life. We see this when flipping through old photographs or watching old movies. The hairstyles, clothes, and picture quality have changed drastically over time (some I must admit I'm quite thankful for). Family dynamics, values, and ideas have also undergone significant transformation.
If you're like me, you may have wondered what causes such change. According to Albert Einstein, it's a result of our own thoughts. He said, "The world as we have created it . cannot be changed without changing our thinking."
I recently saw a poll taken to evaluate the worldview of Christians in America today (by definition, worldview is "the way someone thinks about the world"). When the results were gathered, it showed that a mere 9 percent of Christians thought about the world from a biblical perspective.
I was shocked. These weren't nonbelievers; these were people who had dedicated themselves to following God. They believed in Him. They just hadn't learned how His principles applied to their daily lives.
This poll reflects the truth of Einstein's statement. It shows us that our thought patterns over past decades have greatly changed. They've veered from the biblical perspectives apparent in previous generations. As a result, we've seen a change in our society as a whole. Our way of thinking has, as Einstein said, created our world.
It's a sobering thought, but it also provides a sense of hope and excitement for the future. It shows us that our society isn't being negatively impacted because of Americans who no longer believe in Christ (although that does have an impact).
Rather, it's because as His followers, we need to get better at fully adopting His perspective to the point of action. Though the statistics can be upsetting, there is good news. It's not too late. We can start now.
Matthew 5:14 says that we are the light of the world. We don't have to be intimidated or discouraged by the darkness around us. Instead, we can allow God to transform us into people who reflect His light well.
Experiencing that transformation starts with accepting God's pardon. We must believe in His willingness and ability to forgive our mistakes. We don't have to live as slaves to our past. Jesus has already paid the price so that we could live free from guilt and shame.
Then, after we've received His pardon, we must live empowered by His principles. God's word isn't just rules and ideas written for people thousands of years ago. It's applicable to us today. He has thoughts about our time, money, career, relationships, etc. We must take time to hear what He has to say.
Lastly, we must get in partnership with the right people. The Bible says that we're to "spur each other on toward love and good deeds." We need people in our lives that will encourage, support and challenge us as we pursue God's best.
Make time to invest in life-giving friendships and mentor relationships. Together, we can bring God's light to our world.
Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. Visit faithfamilyvictoria.com.