Food for Thought

Day 14 – The Renovation of the Mind

Today’s lesson was a good one.  Barb talked about the renewing of your mind and how to do it.  Here’s what she said:

“In many ways it’s similar to a home improvement project: You don’t know what you’re getting into. You uncover problems you didn’t know you had. You have to make multiple calls to your friend, the Carpenter, for help. And it usually takes longer than you think it will take.
But in the end, you look back, and the results are so great, you think, Why didn’t I do that years ago?
The renewing of the mind, like a home improvement project, is a taking off and a putting on. You take off the old self. You put on the new self. You take off the lies. You put on the truth. You take off a cultural perspective. You put on a biblical perspective. You take off what you learned growing up. You put on what you learned in the Bible.”

I love how she described that.  She went on to talk about how we learned lies situation by situation, and that we have to unlearn them the same way.  I haven’t mentioned this in any of my previous blogs (at least I don’t think I did); Barb has a great resource called I Deserve a Donut that points to Scripture to help you renew your mind.  It’s available as a Kindle book or paperback, but it’s also a free app in the iTunes App store.  I just looked it up – it looks like it’s available on Google Play as well.  Ok – that’s my plug for her resource.

I can remember being rewarded with food when I was growing up.  Though I don’t think it was a reward so much as just what we did when we got home from school.  Snacks were available before homework (if my memory serves).  I also vaguely remember being told to eat everything on my plate because there were starving kids in China.  I believe I passed that on to my daughter as well.  (Sorry Jennifer!)

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24 NIV

If I look at the above Scripture and think specifically of my goal of breaking free from the control of food, this passage tells me to do three things: (1) put off my old self (2) be made new in the attitude of my mind and (3) put on the new self.  As Barb said, it’s a taking off and a putting on.  Taking off the lies and replacing them with truth!

Going through Taste for Truth by Barb Raveling

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