Daily Renewal

The body requires adequate sleep. As does the mind. And soul. The body does some work during sleep removing wastes from cells and performing minor repairs. The brain gets a bath of chemicals to rejuvenate it.

The physical body is composed of cells. These cells are constantly dividing and shedding. During the course of 7 to 10 years every cell has been replaced.

The apostle Paul wrote of applying a similar idea to our minds. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,” he wrote to the Roman Christ-followers. “Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

We are so easily manipulated into patterns of this world. When we lived in tribes and villages, the pressures of conforming were intense. Now we have the universal power of social media that serves to reinforce our prejudices and conform us to a world often filled with hate toward others not like us.

Daily renewing involves setting aside a quiet time—best is two, one at the beginning of the day and one at the end. Read something, even if only a little. Reflect. Pause and meditate. Write something—journal or thoughts or 20 things I can do today to contribute for good.

Nourish the body with proper nutrition, exercise, and rest. Likewise, nourish the mind with proper information, thought, and meditation (rest).

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