Leading Yourself

(Begin with 1-2 minutes of silence)

Romans 12:2 …let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.

As a pastor, there’s one question I (Justin) dwell on regularly. It’s a simple question, but one churches, pastors, and theologians have wrestled with with centuries. The question: How do people grow? 

Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple one-size-fits-all answer to the question. But there are some important principles which apply to every follower of Jesus. 

One of those principles is to understand that information (book knowledge, podcasts, teachings, etc.) may be part of the process but it can only take you so far. There are some smart people in the world who make very unwise decisions. 

Similarly, many turn to inspiration. We’ll watch the inspiring sports movie or [incorrectly] quote passages such as “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” thinking if we are inspired enough, we will grow. But this, too, falls short.

Real growth requires transformation. And transformation occurs by changing how you think about God, yourself, and others. 


ROMANS 12:2 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)

QUESTION: Author Peter Scazzero regularly says, “The state you are in is the state you bring to others.” What is one area of your life you know needs to experience deep transformation in order for you to bring a healthier version of yourself to those around you? What steps do you need to implement (daily) so you can begin to experience transformation in this area of your life? 

REAL LIFE PRACTICE: Many people fail because they try to do too much too fast. Today, begin keeping track of one thing you can do to experience transformation in an area of your life. Keep taking that step every day for the next month, and then consider another step.

Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.

PRAYER: Today, write out your own prayer to God.

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