I want to be different, and not just different, better. I want to be a better husband, father, pastor, boss, friend and servant. I need to grow, but more than that, I want to grow. For this to become more of a reality than a wish, there are some things I need to do. To be transformed outwardly, my mind must be renewed inwardly. This happens only through new and better information.
UNDERSTANDING the mind is pretty important in order to change our minds. Similar to a computer, the mind spits out what has been sent in. Input equals output. All the input of your mind is through the five senses. These senses are the gates to our soul and if we are going to change, we must see to these entry points.
SPEAKING of seeing, did you know approximately 60% of our brain is used to decipher, process, categorize and file what we see? Of that 60%, 20% is dedicated to the reception of exactly what we physically see. Now the other 40% is needed for touch related activities, motor skills, depth perception and processing the meaning from what is seen. What is interesting is only 3% is used for what we hear. This means that much of our life is defined not only by what we see but by how we see it. No wonder Jesus said in Matthew 6:22-23, "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness..."
HOW we see life, our perspective or outlook, is vital to real healthy change. The most important of our perspectives is how we see God. David wrote in Psalm 46:10, "Be still, and know that I am God..." Seeing, knowing, believing, and trusting that God is God, and that we are not, is pretty valuable information. Establishing who God is in your life and what He is up to in your life is essential to knowing who you are and what you are to do in life. But we must come to a point where we know we are not God and no one else is but Him. We also must understand that we change to and for Him and not the other way around. So many struggle with God because He is not doing what they want Him to do. Yeah, but there is one thing people must remember, He is God, and God is God!
SO if I am still and quiet, not even saying anything for a bit, will I begin to realize the presence of God in my heart? Huh, maybe. But how will you know unless you are quiet and still. This is all a part of our perspective. If God is real and you have given your life to Him as He asked of you, then there must be something He wants you to know. Well what is it? What could it be? This is the tricky part to changing your life. Only God and you can know that and somehow there must be a connection made in order to know it.
THE more I'm still before God, the more my "eyes" change, thus I have a different perspective of Him and myself.
IN Numbers 13:33, a very interesting comment was made by 10 of the 12 spies Moses sent into the Promised Land to check things out. They said, after seeing some of the Giants in the land, "We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them." Notice how their minds processed how they saw themselves and then assumed how others saw them. None of this was based on what was true, only how they felt. Their minds played a trick on them and they fell for it. This is the power our eyes have on our minds and vice versa. We can either see great potential through God, bringing positive personal growth or we see the potential for devastation and defeat. Both of the views will bring about change. Which change would you rather have?
ONE of my favorite men in the Bible is Caleb. His name actually means "Dog". I like to think of him as the Big Dog. He was one of the other spies along with Joshua who had a different take of the land they saw and the people who were living there. Here is what Caleb said in Numbers 13:30, "Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, 'We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it."
WE have seen the correlation between the eyes and the mind. Let me tell you about one other connection. The eyes to the mind, the mind to the mouth. What Caleb said was based on who Caleb saw. What do you see?