”You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 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 4:22-24 NIV)
I read about a plastic surgeon, Dr. Maxwell Maltz, who ended his practice as a plastic surgeon and transferred his practice to psychological counseling, because he sensed that nothing was gained by simply changing a person’s exterior if the inner being was not being transformed. The complex remained behind a beautified exterior.
Dr. Maltz demonstrated in his scientific research that it is necessary to repeat new thoughts within oneself for twenty one days if one expects there to be any lasting changes in the image one has of oneself.
We often think that the holiness God promises will be demonstrated suddenly in our lives; one day worldly – the next day holy. But to be holy requires a process of a lifetime. It requires battle to rid oneself of the old person and to clothe oneself in the new. It is a conscious effort in changing ones way of thinking, from thinking destructively and simply following one’s desires to thinking God’s pure thoughts. And to do so we must, as Dr. Maltz demonstrated, repeat the thoughts in order that they become a new and positive habit.
Jesus, let this day be a day when I think Your thoughts over and over again.