Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Transformation of Patterns

UV 591/10,000 Transformation of Patterns “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then, you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12 v 2 In modern management for the past decade or more, a catch phrase that has become quite popular is “ paradigm shift”. But, despite this emphasis on paradigm shift, things only changed for the worse over the decades. This uni-verse states that it is not enough to shift a pattern or paradigm of thought, emotion or action upward or downward but it is necessary to transform the pattern of thoughts, emotions, actions and relationships of the world. The pattern is a word that means something with a repetitive feature. In other words, a pattern is basically a habit. Our habits need to be transformed. The transformation begins with a change in the pattern of our thoughts. In terms of our relationships, are we giving first priority to the Lord, His Word and His work in our lives? Recently, the Lord spoke to me with an equation on which we should base our habits: H = ASK. It means that a habit or pattern of excellence in our lives must be based on the right ordering of attitudes, skills and knowledge. When we are continually positive in our thoughts and beat the negatives, it hardens into a habit of thought or in short, an attitude. We should continually cling to good and let go of evil in our lives. At the emotional level, we should be continually joyful and let go of sadness. In this manner, our lives will be characterized by a pattern or habit of joy. At the action level, we focus on being strong and beating weakness. This pattern when practiced continually becomes a life of determination, discipline and victory. Our communication pattern will be transformed when we continually practice positive speaking and get rid of negative words. A little difference in attitudes will produce a big difference in results. A little difference in the attitudes of Abel and Cain led to Abel’s sacrifice being good, pleasing and acceptable to God while Cain and his sacrifice was rejected. It is the difference in their attitude that made one a disgruntled and cursed farmer and the other a contented and blessed shepherd. When our attitudes are transformed on the pattern of attitude first, skill next and knowledge last, our lives will be transformed. In the topsy-turvy fallen world, the pattern is reversed in modern education as KSA: knowledge first, skill next and attitude if at all is given any attention, it comes last. Our Lord God is interested primarily in our attitudes. The sum of our attitudes is our heart. Scripture repeatedly emphasizes that while men look at the external appearance, the Lord sees the heart of people. Once He is pleased with our attitudes, He will bless our efforts and release His gifting in and through our lives. Prateep V Philip

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