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The Cost of Transformation

...it starts and ends with a door...

Be transformed by the renewal of your mind.

That statement is like a melody that I can’t get out of my head. If you know me, well, you’d know that I’m a person that can repeat the same song a million times.

Literally.

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If I like a song, I can listen to it on repeat until my soul has had enough and the newness wears off, and it fits like something that I’ve carried with me my entire life. Like a pleasant memory.

To the dismay of my hubby and kids, but it is who I am. And I like that about myself. Because usually there is a thought or truth or feeling hidden between the beginning and end of that song that speaks to me.

Therefore, when I compare this verse to a melody my souls has attached to it and it is constantly seeking ways to ensure that the promises within it are mine.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 [Read it for yourself.] 

I want to know God’s will for my life. I want to know what is good and acceptable and perfect in His sight concerning my life. Don’t you?

Be transformed by the renewal of your mind.

Be TRANSFORMED by the renewal of your mind.

Be transformed by the RENEWAL of your mind.

Be transformed by the renewal of your MIND.

There is a newness that comes with walking with Christ that causes everything about you to change. You are not the same. How can you be the same if your mind is different?

Your mind!

Everything. Changes.

Your thoughts, feelings, reactions, likes, dislikes, memories are different because you decided to submit to Christ and His lordship.

I believe I’ve blogged about this verse a million times, and I suspect I have another million posts in me. Because to me, it doesn’t get much better than this. This truth is the best perspective to carry through our daily lives.

Because I walk with Christ I am transformed.

Because I walk with Christ I am renewed.

Because I walk with Christ I have a new mind.

…a mind that helps me to discern His good, acceptable, and perfect will for my life.

In case you noticed, I intentionally did not mention the beginning of the verse. I had to pause it for a brief moment as we rallied around this newness of our mind.

The verse opens with DO NOT…. It’s not in all caps and bold but it does make the melody in my head skip a beat.

Wait…so when I go along with the world I am neglecting this newness I find in Christ?

Dana, where did you get that? **I’m talking to myself for the benefit of us both. :)**

Let’s see if I can create an illustration. The scripture says BUT. So, let’s think of “but” as a door.

You have conformity on one side and transformation on the other.

You are either inside or outside of this door.

conform: to be in harmony or accord [Definition]
transform: to change in form, appearance, or structure; metamorphose. [Definition]

Essentially God is calling us to no longer be in accord with the world but to change completely. That once we walk through that door we close it leaving the world on the other side.

This newness imparts strength, courage, love, joy, peace, and every good thing God has planned for your life. But at the cost of severing your ties to the world and letting go of everything.

You must close the world out of your new life with Christ and embrace the newness that only He can give.

Which causes my heart to sing another melody.  Let this mind be in you that is also in Christ Jesus. And how Christ humbled himself to be exalted by God. [Read it for yourself.]

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Oh my word…I could write another million posts just on this. But I must wrap this up.

I wrote all of this to say…

In our walk and life with Christ, He is doing a new thing in us. It will not look like the world, it will not cause you to go against the very nature of God in you. But it will change everything that you thought was you into Him.

And in this place, you will know what is good, acceptable, and perfect in your life because you will be one with your Creator. One with the God that created all things. The God that formed you in your mother’s womb. The One who knows you and desires to see the fruits of His lordship over your life shine in all that you do.

And I believe the cost does not compare to the glorious outcome at work in you.

Therefore, the cost of transformation is quite simply closing the door to the world and walking into the newness Christ offers us. A newness that we will experience from now into eternity.

Question: Are you ready to pay the cost of transformation? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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Don’t Give Up!

...courage is a choice...

Persistence, for me, sometimes is like a shoe that is new and fits waaayyyyy too tight.

But you love the shoe. Why else did you buy it? You saw it in the store. You checked out your profile. You did a two-step before tossing them back in the box and promptly making your way to the register.

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Days or weeks later you discovered the perfect opportunity to pull out those shoes. You know, the ones worthy of a two-step in the store.

You put them on, looking super cute. You leave the house and enjoy the feel of knowing…knowing you look good girl!

Later that evening your feet are in total disagreement with your decision AND your cute shoes. LOL!

Don’t tell me I’m the only one. I have a couple of super cute but totally uncomfortable shoes. And YES I still wear them.

Why?

Persistence. 

And I wear the shoe until eventually my desire and feet are in total agreement. Sometimes it means the shoes cooperate, by relaxing a little, and other times I gladly accept the consequences of sore feet.

What do tight shoes have to do with our purpose and our goals? I mean, that’s what I write about on this blog.

We have to persist in attaining our goals in life. The goals we have for our careers, our businesses, our families, our spouses, our soul.

Persistence is continuing on a course of action in spite of opposition, obstacles, discouragement, etc. [Defined] Scripture gives us an even better picture:

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9

[Read it for yourself.]

You see that tight shoe may look like a new job with unkind co-workers.

…or…a child expressing resistance to a family change

…or…marriage challenges calling you to pray like never before

…or…a dream that seems further away no matter how hard you pursue it

Persistence.

Last week I shared a quote from Steven Chambers, a friend and pastor. He said, “Persistence is what courage is made of.”

Courage is a choice. 

You have to choose to be persistent. You have to choose to put one foot in front of the other, in your too tight shoes, and keep taking steps…and persisting in your actions, your words, and your thoughts until you reach your desired destination.

Knowing that in due season….you will reap a harvest.

Don’t give up!

Question: What in your life is calling you to persist? To be courageous? Will you answer its call? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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Fight | Dana Pittman

It’s not about the fight. It’s about who you became as a result of the battle.

We all will experience winning and losing. Whether it’s a personal or professional, spiritual or physical, minor or major. The TRUTH of every battle is found in the test.

What is YOUR current fight trying to teach you?

Are you learning the lesson?

Are you failing because your focus is on your opponent instead of yourself?

Dig super deep and decide who you want to be after the smoke clears.

Who will you be as a result of THIS fight?

I have been silent on my blog and I apologize. I’m working diligently behind the scenes and I realize it’s time to give you a peek behind the curtain. Here’s is Episode 1 of my journey to Going Pro.