I know we have all had ‘girl talk’ with friends or even family and at the end of the story being shared, there is some rolling of the eyes, sideways glances and then the infamous ‘Girl you’re crazy!’ is yelled in unison. On many occasions I have been the one rolling my eyes or giving the sideways glances, and I have been on the receiving end of the same more times than I’d like to count. Each time I walk away asking myself, ‘Why do we keep going through the same things over and over again?’
Albert Einstein has been quoted as saying ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results…’ Hmmmm, based on this statement I think I have had a few periods of temporary insanity in my lifetime! I know that I have tried over and over again, knowing things would be the same, but convincing myself that this one time would be different. Yes, I have been told I am crazy for:
- Staying in relationships with folks that are abusive, manipulative or downright mean thinking that I can love them until they change
- Constantly spending more than what I have and wondering why I cant ‘get ahead’
- Eating or drinking myself to sleep and wondering why I keep waking up with awful hangovers
Oh and there are plenty more where that stuff came from! It’s just insane right?
In order to change my behaviors, I realized that I’ve got to change MY MIND! I spend a lot of time meditating on this scripture: Do not conform 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. (Romans 12:2 NIV)
I’ll be honest, it took a few knots upside the head in the same spot from trying to do the same thing over and over again before I realized that only God can ease the pain and I wouldn’t be able to change my mind without seeking Him. Fortunately for me, He was ready and waiting to help me once I was committed. I had to commit to doing what His word says: And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. (Colossians 3:2 NIV)
Once I began to focus my thoughts on Him, He took care of the rest. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV) Those insane tendencies have begun to fall to the wayside!
Thank You for continuing to bless me with a sound mind. Thank You for Your word, and Your ongoing protection over my life. Thank You for saving me from thoughts that could have caused me to behave in ways that would have been detrimental to me and those around me. Help me to keep to continually think as Christ would. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to renew your minds! Take control of any thoughts that are not of God and cast them out! Today I EMPOWER you to go against the grain and not conform to what people expect, but to reach higher toward the expectations that God has for you and embrace the changes that will take place!
Ms. Tiffany Huff is the devoted mother of two boys, a blogger, lover of food and travel, and aspiring entrepreneur with a passion for helping others live out their purposes. She is looking forward to growing in her walk and honoring God through sharing her EmpowerMoments. One of her meditation scriptures is Romans 12:2: “Do not conform 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.”