Transformed in My Mental Health
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Real transformation starts in your mind, not your behavior. You cannot change your character simply by changing your actions. Rather, you change you actions by changing your character. And it all begins with changing the way you think. That’s why the Bible says: Don’t conform to the ways of the world, “, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
What is the difference between conforming and transforming? To conform something is to change its outward appearance by fitting it into a mold. To transform something is to change its nature. Conforming has to do with behavior. Transforming has to do with character. The Bible is telling us to stop trying to fit in with the ways of the world, but instead allow God to transform our character into the character of Christ.
Notice that conforming is something you do to yourself – you consciously try to fit in or become like everyone else. But transforming is something that God does to you. It is God’s work in your life, renewing your mind by his grace, through his Word.
God doesn’t just want to change what you think, he wants to change how you think – your way of thinking. The Bible says, “Be made new in the attitude of your mind” (Ephesians 4:23 NIV).
Then, look at the result of the transformed mind. God promises that you will be able to discover his will for your life. Not only will you discover his will, but you will find that it is good, pleasing, and perfect – tailor made for you.
(Transformed: How God Changes Us by Rick Warren)