Cultivating a Life Without Worry: Day 4

Reading guide banner WEEK 3

     Day 4: Renewal of the Mind

Have you ever heard your grandfather say, “Back when I was your age, we weren’t afraid of a little snow. In fact, we used to walk to school in 2 feet of snow!” He may have exaggerated the story a little bit more each time. But the main point was the same: we weren’t afraid of a little snow.

But today, we do worry more than we used to. We worry about allowing our kids to roam the neighborhood and play, concerned that something bad may happen. We worry about preparing a Holiday meal for the extended family, concerned that there won’t be enough or that it won’t be prepared well. We worry about what they’ll think of the house. We worry about what they may say. We worry about…far too much. 

Statistically, our kids are safer now than ever. We just worry more because we see news media that regularly shows bad things happening. As for the Holiday dinner…we worry because we care too much about what others think. In fact, some of us spend too much time worrying about what we think others are thinking! 

Bottom line: We need to change the way we think. As you read today, consider this: What steps do you need to go through to experience a renewal of the mind? 

READING:

     Romans 12:2; Philippians 4:8; Ephesians 4:21-24

Some scholars have noted that a renewal of the mind isn’t something that happens overnight. Instead it takes time, and a lot of practice. Given your life schedule, what steps can you take to regularly practice and experience a renewal of the mind?

Of the three scripture passages you read today, which one resonates with you most? Why do you think that is? 

What are 2 – 3 things in your everyday life you can limit or completely remove that may help you to worry less?

God is inviting you to change the way you think about your worries, depression and anxiety. How will you think differently this week?

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, thank You once again for the truths communicated in Your Word. I’m grateful that there can be a renewing of the mind, and it’s my desire to commit to trusting You to help me get there. Continue to reveal to me Your good, pleasing, and perfect will, and may I reflect the essence of who You are as I interact with others today. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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