What is life transformation, and how may we attain it?
There are facets to life transformation, the one I will focus on here is concerning the mind. We are told in the Bible to “be transformed by the renewing of the mind, by taking our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ.
What does that mean?
First of all, I encourage you to not be immediately checked out by seeing references to Christ and the Bible. I can tell you that God doesn’t want you to be turned away from that which He designed for you,(being free to be your genuine self), because of religious experiences and lies you may have believed growing up.
Most of the time in my experience, people are turned off to God because of negative, or empty, boring growing up experiences. Like being dragged to church, forced to listen to religion stuff that had nothing to do with you, in your mind.
That was most certainly me. Meaningless. So for me I became an alcohol and drug user as fast as I could… fast track! Mom was an alcoholic and dad emotionally disconnected because of it, I was void of emotional and spiritual life. It was replaced with codependency, counter-dependency, and an inability to function at all as a genuine human being.
At 30, (this is a real but nutshell story… lot’s more in there!), my hand was forced to stop drinking after two, bi-coastal DUI’s. The biggest and most terrifying challenge was that I did not know how to function without alcohol, and couldn’t keep functioning with it either. “No man’s land.”
My bargaining with God ended… “if you just help me this time I’ll never drink again.” I cried out for His help from my heart. And He knew the difference. Because I sincerely was at the end of my rope, He saw my pain and I cried out to God and just said, “I cannot do this anymore.”
I had no idea what I was doing, I was just a plain broken mess. He changed my heart that day and I would slowly begin the process of transformation, from the inside out. Over time I started to not like the things I used to, I started knowing myself without the anesthesia of alcohol. I started to have genuine hope that God was with me and I was no longer alone.
Fast forward to starting to go to a “real church”, (Times Square Church in NYC). The word of God was taught in power… no religious “christianese”. Just power. I couldn’t get enough… all of a sudden the Bible made sense.
Fast forward again… I learned that I needed to take my thoughts captive to be transformed by renewing my mind. WOW. What a concept! All of a sudden I was no longer a victim of my own thought life. I could choose to believe the Truth that could set me free. “As a man thinks in his heart so he is.” WOW. I had believed forever that I was the idiot, the outsider, the one who didn’t get it, who couldn’t do it…100% inhibited 100% of the time.
That started the transformation and the rest is history… and believe me I could write a book…. WAIT…I AM WRITING A BOOK! And more of the story will be in it… as well as delving in to the “process” of transformation.
Suffice to say that the transformation has never stopped to this day. We never “arrive”, we’re always on the journey of transformation.
So please don’t be turned off by God references, that get twisted and distorted by old religious notions. I was exactly the same… but when my back was against the wall and I was brokenhearted and destitute, He was there to lift me out of the quick sand of life and give me a brand new one.
He is closest to the brokenhearted.