Most often when people think of reinventing themselves, they think of the most obvious: outside appearance. A simple change in hair color, change in style, and friends is labeled as reinvention; however, true reinvention resides deeper within through the word of God with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. True reinvention cannot be found on the superficial; it’s an intrinsic change of motivation. Therefore in life we must endure change, it may appear suddenly and unexpectedly—it may be either good or bad. We as believers must then decide as to how we will cope with such a thing. Will I continue to think as I did before my change or will I reinvent a new way of thinking? Reinventing my thinking of change will be challenging, but spirituality allows my thinking to evolve with a greater purpose.
The Personal Account:
Giants that appeared to be stronger and bigger than I arrived, and my faith began to waiver. I allowed the enemy to deceive me and cause my faith and trust in the Lord to be tested. I began to doubt the word of the Lord and my heart became heavy and burdensome, which caused my attitude to become affected by my situations. Everything began to appear as if it wasn’t getting better. How can I be in such a mess? My finances, marriage, and children had begun to spin out of control. But then the Word of the Lord came over the pulpit one Sunday morning, regarding the prefix of RE and the word re-invention.
The process that started the path of my self re-invention was my ability to conduct a self- examination. My self-examination allowed me to take a step back and analyze my own inadequacies, which stemmed from my attitude towards the events in my life. I knew my behavior and views needed some re-adjustment; “Whatsoever a man thinketh, so is he.” My thinking controlled my attitude, which in turned controlled my reaction. God needed to remake what was negative in order to bring completeness in my life. When seeking after the meaning of re-invention I discovered its meaning refers to making as if for the first time; something already invented remade completely. Through the word of God—which is a manual that leads to an effective prayer life, fasting, and meditation—I set the wheels in motion to become reinvented. Within my self-examination I was able to revisit my purpose with a clearer understanding, realizing these issues are to make me better and complete for the Kingdom.
As previously mentioned, motivation resets the direction of one’s thought process while allowing the goals to remain intact. According to Paul’s letter to the Philippians, 3:12-13, “I do not claim that I have already succeeded or have already become perfect. I keep striving to win the prize for which Christ Jesus has already won me to himself, I really do not think that I have already won it, the one thing I do, however is to forget what is behind me and do my best to reach what is ahead.” A change in motivation requires evaluation of present results. Notice how Paul keeps striving, he is in consistent re-evaluation of his present results. Now you must ask yourself, are the outcomes of your present motivation interconnected to your goals of tomorrow?
The answer to this question may seem very simple, yet it is much more complex. One must seek the Father for he is the master-potter, man sees the outer but God knows the heart where true reinvention is found. One must dedicate time with the father to re-evaluate. It is not an easy task, but isn’t reinventing yourself to reach your ultimate goal worth it?