There are many times in life where we need to, and would in fact be wise to give ourselves the opportunity to “think again”. God has given us a free will, and the ability to think, process, choose and change. The thing about growing and developing as a person is that we can change our thinking. We can always think again, and make better choices than we did the last time.
God’s mercies are new every morning and even where we may have chosen unwisely, or perhaps negatively or fearfully, He says we have a fresh opportunity every day to think again, and change for the better.
“The faithful love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning”. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
It’s a bit like trying a new garment on to wear. We get to try that new outfit on, and then we decide if it fits. If it doesn’t then we choose something that is a better fit for whom we are. It’s not just about the size, but also about who we are, and who and what we want to become.
Sometimes that might mean we are stretched out of our comfort zone as we try on a new style, colour etc. Other times we know straight away those clothes are in no way going to fit us, no matter how we may try to stretch and struggle into them.
The same principle works in other parts of our life. We are never stuck with having to think in only one way. With Jesus, we get another chance to disregard those thoughts and choices that just don’t “fit” who God says we are. We don’t have to be stuck with thinking in a way that constantly makes us feel uncomfortable, and fearful; which gets us “all bent out of shape”. There are times when we need to pick up another thought, (much like a new garment) and think again!
A great way to begin putting into practice the “think again” principle, is to “think again” every time we have a thought about our self, our life and future that doesn’t agree with what God says about us.
Our thoughts, fears and feelings can lead us astray. They can cause us to think things, which are contrary to what God says and has planned for us. However when our hearts and minds are strengthened by time spent with Jesus, and reading God’s word we will know the truth, and it will set us free. God has given us everything we need, and if we stop and allow our spirit to speak to our minds we will find the truth and answers within us.
Jesus said, “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourself the truth, and the truth will free you”. (John 8:31-32)
The need to think again is something that is ongoing. As we choose wisely in one area of our life, we will no doubt have to apply the same principle to other areas. But the more we do it, the easier it gets, and the quicker we begin to think and accept those things that God says about us.
Today, choose to “think again” if you need to. If the thoughts don’t fit, and are causing you to live in fear, or are limiting your faith and trust in God, then take them off just like you would an ill-fitting garment, and choose again how you desire to “clothe’ yourself.
“You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are obsolete. …From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ. So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you; compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline…and regardless of what you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” (Colossians 3:10-12 Message Bible)