Changing Our Minds, Changing Our Lives

The opening line of the sermon was: “What you believe about life affects everything about how you live your life.” The congregation quieted and heard once again: “What you believe about life affects everything about how you live your life.”

Sometimes we believe happiness will eventually show up, or we might suppose, “If I do ‘this,’ then ‘that’ will result.” However, if what we believe is not based on biblical truth, challenges are certain to affect how we live our lives. For example, when a loved one is diagnosed with a disabling condition, disillusionment can follow because it can directly shake our fundamental beliefs about life itself.

In a helpful section of the book titled The Lost Virtue of Happiness, authors J. P. Moreland and Klaus Issler write about this subject.

The most significant verse he [Paul] ever penned about spiritual transformation is Romans 12:2. . . . “Do not be conformed to this world,” he tells us, “but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” . . . Think of what Paul could have said—but did not. He could have said, be transformed by developing feelings of closeness with God, by exercising your will in obeying biblical commands, by intensifying your desire for the right things, by fellowship and worship, and so on. Obviously, these are important parts of the Christian life. Yet Paul chose to mention none of them in his most important summary of the spiritual life. Why is that? It is clear that, for him, how one thinks and what one honestly believes form the very core of character and transformation. . . . Beliefs are the rails on which our lives run.1

Sometimes the “light at the end of the tunnel” is seen when we choose to examine what Scripture reveals about life rather than how quickly we can remove our pain. The New Testament book of James is a great place to begin. Candidly and vividly, James illuminates important principles about our lives, reminding us what it means to live in truth—truth which promises to set us free (John 8:32). I strongly urge you to read a few verses from James each day and ask these three simple questions:

  1. What truths are found in these verses?
  2. What have I believed about life that conflicts with these truths?
  3. Am I willing to release my false beliefs in order to believe what is true?

Remember, “What you believe about life affects everything about how you live your life.”

  1. J. P. Moreland and Klaus Issler, The Lost Virtue of Happiness: Discovering the Disciplines of the Good Life (Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2006), 94–96. Used by permission of NavPress, All rights reserved. (1-800-366-7788)
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Colleen Swindoll Thompson holds a bachelor of arts degree in Communication from Trinity International University as well as minors in psychology and education. Colleen serves as the director of Reframing Ministries at Insight for Living Ministries. From the personal challenges of raising a child with disabilities (her son Jonathan), Colleen offers help, hope, and a good dose of humour through speaking, writing, and counselling those affected by disability. Colleen and her husband, Toban, have five children and reside in Frisco, Texas.

కొలీన్ స్విన్డాల్ థాంప్సన్ ట్రినిటీ ఇంటర్నేషనల్ విశ్వవిద్యాలయం నుండి కమ్యూనికేషన్‌లో బ్యాచిలర్ ఆఫ్ ఆర్ట్స్ డిగ్రీతో పాటు మనోవిజ్ఞానశాస్త్రము మరియు ఎడ్యుకేషన్లో అనుబంధ జ్ఞానం కలిగి ఉన్నారు. కొలీన్ ఇన్సైట్ ఫర్ లివింగ్ వద్ద రిఫ్రామింగ్ మినిస్ట్రీస్ డైరెక్టరుగా పనిచేస్తున్నారు. దివ్యాంగుడైన పిల్లవాడిని (ఆమె మూడవ బిడ్డ, యోనాతాను) పెంచే వ్యక్తిగత సవాళ్ళ దగ్గర నుండి, కొలీన్ సహాయం, నిరీక్షణ మరియు వైకల్యంతో బాధపడుతున్నవారికి మాటలతో, వ్రాతలతో మరియు సలహా ఇవ్వడంతో మంచి హాస్యాన్ని అందిస్తుంది. కొలీన్ మరియు ఆమె భర్త, టోబన్ కు ఐదుగురు పిల్లలు ఉన్నారు. వారు టెక్సాస్ లోని ఫ్రిస్కోలో నివసిస్తున్నారు.