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. Hebrews 12:2
We’re called to a life of freedom, not fear. We’re called to hope instead of despair and to peace instead of panic. We’re called to be the light in this time of darkness. I used to look at this verse from a distance and wonder how on earth is it possible to get to such a place. It really isn’t possible until we realize that part of renewing our minds is to change the way we think. The other part is to train.
God gave us the ability to think and process life in a very beautiful but complex way, and He didn’t leave us alone for it. He thinks and processes life with us and teaches us how to do it with each other. By continuing to encourage each other, share our stories and perspectives, we’re challenged to start thinking about our lives and which precautions to take. Whether it’s regarding health or our faith; or both. It’s important to point out the truth IN hope no matter what situation we’re in and to train ourselves to be fearless and hopeful.
I encourage you to talk about what’s going on. How is it making you feel and what are you experiencing? What are some ways you can encourage and inspire your circle of friends and family? Your social media feed? Are you changing the way you think and training yourself to think fearlessly and with hope?
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. – Matthew 6:25-34