Good morning Jesus,
Today I read an article by Joyce Meyer that helped me understand why at times I feel ‘abnormal.’
I know that when I am at church I feel normal.
I know that when I am meditating on Your word, I feel normal.
So when do I feel out of place or confused?
It’s when I am distracted by the world or even distracted by my own selfish desires.
For example, when I hear that I need to earn a lot of money, confusion and frustration sets in.
I’d rather hear something like, “Work hard as if you are working for God and God will bless you according to His will…”
Am I normal?
According to Joyce Meyer, ‘normal’ is having the heart and mindset of our Lord and Savior (explained in more detail in Joyce’s article).
I believe that I am normal by struggling and fighting to be more like You.
I believe that I am normal because I want Your name to be in my daily conversation with people.
Here is the article that helped me understand normal thinking:
Is Your Mind Normal?
by Joyce Meyer August 12, 2013
…I’ve discovered that when we take time to renew our minds with God’s Word, we learn how to think like God thinks, say what God says, and act like He wants us to act. Then we can have what He wants us to have – abundant life in Christ, filled with His righteousness, peace and joy. (See John 10:10 and Romans 14:17.)
How Are You Supposed to Think?
The first thing we need to understand is that when we become new creations in Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:17), what is normal for the world is no longer normal for us. There’s a way we’re supposed to live that reflects the image of Christ in the world.
For example, many people in the world think it’s normal to worry, but as a Christian, worrying is not a normal way of thinking. Philippians 4:6 says we are to “be anxious for nothing” (NKJV). This doesn’t mean we won’t ever feel worried, but when we do, we can pray and give it to God so we can have His peace while we go through a hard time.
First Corinthians 2:16 says we “have the mind of Christ.” This means no matter what our circumstances may be, we can have God’s wisdom, discernment and peace to guide our decisions in the midst of them.
There are several other godly mindsets I want to mention to help you learn how to renew your mind with the Truth of the Word:
•The Made-Up Mind: Colossians 3:2 says to “set your minds and keep them set on what is above…not on the things that are on the earth” (AMP). The only way we can accomplish what we really want to do in life is by determining what God has put in our hearts to do and then setting our minds to do it. With the help of the Holy Spirit, you can make up your mind and stop over thinking your decisions.
• The Humble Mind: Philippians 2:5 says to “let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus…” (AMP). A person with a humble mind is peaceful because they can wait on God’s timing and follow His direction; they don’t constantly struggle with wondering why or when. And a humble mind isn’t judgmental or critical of others.
• The Focused Mind: We live in an age of distraction! It’s amazing how much information is coming at us most of the time through technology, the media and the busyness of the world around us. I’ve decided that the world probably isn’t going to change, so I have to change. I’m learning how to keep my mind on what I’m doing, rather than thinking about several things at once or what I want to do next.
You Can Choose
It was a glorious revelation for me when I realized I don’t have to think about just anything that comes into my mind. I can choose my thoughts and do my own thinking – on purpose.
There is a way to have righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit…to have victory in our circumstances and not live according to what the world views as “normal.” And it all begins with renewing our minds. The choice is up to us.
So make the decision to spend time each day reading and meditating on the Word. Pray and ask God to help you understand how to apply the wisdom you discover to your everyday life. As you do your part to renew your mind, God will do His. And you’ll love the transformation that comes with having a “normal” mind – the mind of Christ!