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.
Imagine riding in a speedboat on a lake with an automatic pilot set to go east. If you decide to reverse and head west, you have two possible ways to change the boat's direction. One way is to grab the steering wheel and physically force it to head in the opposite direction from where the autopilot is programmed to go. By sheer willpower you could overcome the autopilot, but you would feel constant resistance. Your arms would eventually tire of the stress, you'd let go of the steering wheel, and the boat would instantly head back east, the way it was internally programmed.
This is what happens when you try to change your life with willpower: You say, "I'll force myself to eat less ... exercise more . . . quit being disorganized and late." Yes, willpower can produce short-term change, but it creates constant internal stress because you haven't dealt with the root cause. The change doesn't feel natural, so eventually YOU give up, go off your diet, and quit exercising. You quickly revert to your old patterns.
There is a better and easier way. Change your autopilot, the way you think. Your first step in spiritual growth is to start changing the way you think. Change always starts first in your mind. The way you think, determines the way you feel, and the way you feel influences the way you act.
Dear Lord we pray today that we would set our minds upon You! We pray that in all we do we will be focused on You and that we would do the things You have planned for each of us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.