to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness - Ephesians 4:23-24 NIV
Growing up, I liked to stretch things. One of the more popular toys at that time was an action figure named Stretch Armstrong (yes, I'm that old). It was a gel filled figure that you could stretch in various directions. My friends and I would pull that toy in a variety of ways just to see how far it would stretch. Most of the time, it would revert back to it's normal size like it was designed. Fast forward a number of years to when I entered the work force. Back in the old days, the majority of our reports and other important documents were captured and printed on paper (unlike now where the majority of documents are electronic). I still remember large reports that were bound together by large rubber bands. The fascinating thing about those large rubber bands were that once they were used on large reports, they could never be used again to bind smaller reports. The reason was because of the fact that once the rubber bands had been stretched to accommodate a large number of paper, they could never go back to their original size.
My brothers, are our minds like the Stretch Armstrong, or is it like the large rubber bands that were used to bind the larger reports? Once we attempt and accomplish a large project or task, does our mindset and attitude revert back to it's original dimensions? Or does it become like the mind that Ralph Waldo Emerson referred to when he stated, 'the mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.' As for me, I want to have that mind like the large rubber band. The very future of our family depends upon us modeling the behavior where we operate with an attitude that reflects our faith in God.
Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus about the importance of your attitude and mind. He exhorted the followers to be constantly renewed in their spirit and mind. These were vital attributes that the early Christians needed as they spread the Gospel. The only way that the renewal of the mind was going to happen was for them to be open to the Spirit of God to transform the way that they thought and to throw off their old self and put on the new self. This required them to leave the old way of thinking behind and start living and walking in the path that God called us to. I challenge each and every one of you reading this, to adopt the philosophy that Paul espoused and be made new with the attitudes of your mind. Let you mind reflect the characteristic of the large rubber band and not return to its original size.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.