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Becoming More and More Like My Father Each Day (Day 22)

on April 12, 2012

  One of my favorite album covers is Vanessa Williams’ The Comfort Zone.  I’ve always admired her.  Former Miss America, mother, actress, singer and now at 49 years old, she still looks ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!  However, she’s also been through scandal during her Miss America days, gone through two divorces and a number of life’s calamities, and yet, she comes back on top time after time.

And how does Vanessa keep herself looking like a million bucks?  According to an article I read about her a couple of years ago, she appreciates her life journey, takes care of her temple with pilates and strength training, loves on her children and takes every day step by step.  That’s a great recipe for this soon-to-be 43-year old to follow!

As we travel day by day in our faith journey, our Lord’s recipe is for us to develop the mind of Christ.  He desires us to become in His likeness, to bear His image and to become godly.  This sanctification process happens quietly by the power of the Holy Spirit.  His work is accomplished through inhabitating our hearts, minds and souls, and we must be cooperative, even when we don’t agree or understand it.  Definitely one of sanctification’s many growing pains.

And let me add this disclaimer: this life-long process takes hard work!  There are days when I ask God a ton of ‘why’ questions or yelling, “Really, Lord, are you serious?!”  Yet, each step of faith we take strengthens God’s Spirit in us that much more.  These steps also require us to get out of our comfort zones – letting go of old ways, changing old ways of thinking and developing new godly habits. 

Going through this metamorphosis doesn’t mean we become drones and lose our personality, either.  Instead, He blesses us to develop in grace and character, becoming spiritually enhanced in our living and thinking with each new day.  God also uses our circumstances, His Word and other people to shape our character.  The Apostle Paul said “as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more.” (II Corinthians 3:18b, NLT)

Reflecting on The Comfort Zone album cover, I think about the transitions I’ve gone through since this album came out in the Fall of 1991.  Many struggles, many triumphs, many lessons learned.  If you’re fighting and negotiating with your soul, let God have His way.  Aim to develop the mind of Christ.

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