One of the highlights of my tweenage life was the afternoon when my mom took me to the Clinique counter for a makeover. I felt so sophisticated with my peach-colored eye shadow, accentuated by a smoky blue on the corners of my eyelids. This may sound cringeworthy, but remember, it was the eighties! I wanted the makeover to change me into the teens I saw on TV and the magazines. It didn’t. Makeovers are fun and entertaining, but cosmetic changes don’t usually bring the lasting transformation we are looking for.
How is your spiritual life looking right now? Could it use a makeover? Consider these areas for makeover:
Your mind. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2. Are you satisfied with your thought patterns and decisions? Do you need to be more thankful, or stop “what-iffing” your life?
Your prayer life. Is it a laundry list of your wants and needs, or an encounter with your God? God wants us to bring our burdens to Him (1 Peter 5:7). But He also wants us to be close to Him. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8a NASB
Your consumption. What is going in your heart? Are you filling it with gossip? Movies or TV shows that drag your mind down? “Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.” Romans 13:14 NLT
List three things that you would like to be different about your spiritual life. Ask the Lord for help in these areas. See what you need to do to accomplish these things. Be specific. Rather than write, “Be more positive in my thoughts,” choose something more concrete. “Start a gratitude journal; write down one good thing a day” is a better goal. Completing these goals won’t magically make you a “better Christian”. The point isn’t the goals, but to draw closer to Christ and to reflect more of Him in your life.
Lord, you created us in your image. May we look more and more like you each day. In Your Name, Amen.