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Weekly Devotionals



How many times have we seen this message? In the give and take of life, annual renewals such as health insurance, vehicle registration [and for us expats, our visas] have to happen so we can continue operating with what is important to us. It always seems to feel tedious and more work than desired, but having medical coverage, a legal driving option, and to not be kicked out of the country are well worth the process.

And likewise, in the ebb and flow of our lives, many of us come upon January the 1st with some kind of inner desire to renew our own lives. We make resolutions and plans to improve ourselves by setting goals for the next few months, in which the majority of us drop out on within 6 weeks, max. I’m not saying that renewing our attempts at being and doing better are wrong in and of themselves, but sometimes I think we missing the key factor to our transformation.

Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Our transformation is not going to come by how hard we try or how bad we want to change, but from the renewal of our mind. If our desires are rooted in the pattern and desires of the world, our mind is not only captive to self-serving, but limited to what God wants for us. In 1 John 2:15, it says, “If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in them.”

In other words, the truest renewal that we crave and need is rooted in the Father’s love for and in us—it is our driving force to good and right change!

So make a plan. Set goals. List your resolutions.
But do so with the renewal of your mind at the helm, because this is where true transformation comes with the love of the Father in us. And truly, what better starting point could we have to our New Year?