Romans 12:2 - "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will."
This journey of building a healthier life is so much a battle of what goes on in my brain and the way I think. "I've had one bowl of ice cream, it won't hurt to have another - right?" "I've had three pieces of pizza, it won't hurt to have another - right?" "I don't need 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I can get along just fine with 4-5 - right?" "I'm tired and busy - I don't need to go for a walk or exercise today - right?" "If I miss a day or two here and there, I'll be fine - right?" The one I'm battling today is "This isn't really working is it? I'm not sensing or seeing any change yet." I wonder if anyone else battles their brain. Something tells me I'm not alone.
I've read that obesity is at epidemic levels today in our culture. As much emphasis as there is on being healthy, the pattern of this world (culture) is unhealthy = overweight, overscheduled, tired, eating processed & fast foods, etc. And I am the poster child of our culture in that sense.
I need and must pursue being "transformed by the renewing" of my mind in this area. The word "transformed" in Romans 12:2 is the Greek word "metamorphousthe" from which we get our English word "metamorphosis" - meaning a total change from the inside out. The transformation of renewing my mind, to be complete and effective, must be from the inside out not the outside in. The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, "The key to this change is the 'mind', the control center of one's attitudes, thoughts, feelings, and actions. As one's mind keeps on being made new by the spiritual input of God's Word, prayer, and Christians fellowship, his lifestyle keeps on being transformed."
And it is not a one time deal where I reach a point where I'm done being transformed. It is continual. The tense of the Greek word "metamorphousthe" is the present passive imperative which means to "keep on being transformed". This transformation of the renewing of my mind will continue.
How am I pursuing this? By seeking to input more of God's Word, thoughts, principles into my brain. What I put into my brain will affect what I think about and will determine who or what wins this battle of my brain. In a real practical sense for me right now - this means continuing to read and study God's Word, continuing to journal and blog about my journey, prayer, reading and applying The Daniel Plan, and seeking other Christians who want to be on the same journey I am on.
Is it possible? Of course it is. God would never command me to do or be something that is not possible - via His grace, mercy, and power. Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all this through him who gives me strength." In other words, I can do what God wants me to do - by His strength. And I believe He wants me to live a more healthier life. Thus, through Him, I can do this. I can say "no" when I need to say "no". I can say, "yes" when I need to say "yes". As I have written before, it is not a matter of will-power. It is a matter ofGod-power.