Archive | May 2013

Keeping an Open Mind

200260581-001Keeping an open mind is one of the true keys to happiness and success.

I heard a saying yesterday that everyone is a “beginner” when they get to the next step and I actually had an “aha” moment! It reminded me of what we’re told in Matthew 18:3 NIV “And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” In other words, start thinking like a child. Let me explain.

When you are new, like a baby, you are flexible and open. Being stiff is a sign of old age and death.

This has nothing to do with age. Flexibility and openness are a choice. You can be stiff in a young body or flexible in an old body.

But, if we are to engage life and learn, grow, give, share and rip away the layers and beliefs that hold us back from being simply ourselves, newness is the key.

Matthew 9:17 NIV tells us “Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

How do you be new? If you ever hear the voice that says, “I know this already” – you are being stiff (aka dead). If you ever hear the voice that says, “All men or women are (fill in the blank)” you are being stiff (aka dead). If you hear the voice that says, “I’ll never be, do, or have (fill in the blank) – you are being dead. This list goes on and on.

The goal is to renew our mind: “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) When we do this, we become open and available to life and its changes.

In this state of openness and receptivity, we actually allow ourselves to be transformed. We are transformed out of the death of the thoughts that held us back. We are transformed to be able to be in a new, healthier body, job, relationship, career or business.

I love what Jesus says in Revelation 21:4-5 KJV, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new…” If we’re supposed to be “transformed by the renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:2) and God says “Behold, I make all things new (Rev. 21:5), then we must do our part and leave behind that which is still, inflexible and dead. These are the beliefs and patterns that prevent us from feeling or experiencing newness.

My life continues to change as I remain open to listening to new ideas and, more importantly, when God speaks to me. Instead of focusing on “why it can’t work”, I strive to focus on “I know it doesn’t seem possible, but if it did, what would I think?” My job is not to know how. My job is to be open, and receptive.

Do you ever ask yourself “Why must I change?” Because if you don’t, you will miss out on beauty, love, success, excitement, family, friends, success, connecting to God, being of service and truly being able to share the gifts you have with others.

There’s an old saying that says: “If nothing changes, nothing changes!” Or how about the definition of “Insanity” . . . doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results!

Question is: Do you want to change? Do you believe change is possible? If so, what would change look like to you?