“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again an again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
Persons often question my convictions concerning race and my commitment to the race-less life. While they ask many different questions, they all boil down to the same question: “How do you believe?” They really want to know how I do it. The simple is with my mind.
Transformation starts in the mind. There is more power in the mind than in arguments, armies and government administrations. It is in the mind, where intellect and feeling reside, where the conscious and unconscious meet, that decisions are made. This is the place of reason, the battleground, the real ruling authority. And there is nothing more powerful than a made up mind.
Transformation done here cannot be undone or reversed. It is a change that you won’t see in a mirror. The results won’t be captured on a scale. It is not a matter of rosy cheeks or wrinkles, inches or pounds. No, the outward proof is a life better lived, carefully thought out.
The condition of our minds determines the condition of our lives. But, it takes practice, mental conditioning. Change does not occur with the arrival of a single thought but the repetition of that truth. While a single truth can defeat any number of lies, they are not overcome easily and must be stomped out, walked out, lived out.
Our transformation will require us to “set our minds on things above” (Colossians 3.2), to meditate on the truths of Christ. If we desire to become new, we must think again… and again.