The KU softball team traveled to Wilmington, North Carolina this weekend for a tournament. We went 5-0 on the weekend, so everything must have gone perfect, right?
Well, you would never guess that after the first two games, despite winning them both, a complete transformation was made within my team.
In the two games on Friday, my team came together for one inning to score just enough runs to win the game. We then “went through the motions” for the remainder of the day, doing just enough of what it takes to win. Our energy was low, we were making easy outs offensively, and simply getting through.
Not surprisingly, my coach was not very happy. She challenged us to go back to the hotel, get together as a team, and figure out how to fix this mess.
As we gathered and discussed over an hour what we could all individually do to improve, it was our attitude and mindset above all else. To make an improvement, we coined the name “New Kansas.”
Overnight, we transformed completely.
In the new day, we were a team that went crazy in warm-ups. Not only were we loud, crushing every ball in batting practice, but also we were having more fun. As soon as the game started, we scored nine runs in one inning—all because of this change in mindset!
Did you know, that if you are in Christ, every day you are a new creation?
2 Corinthians 12:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come!”
Notice that this verse says if you are in Christ. There’s no long, group conversation you must have. No pep talk from a mentor. You are already a new creation. Whatever sin from your past, guilt in the present, anxiety of the future, none of this has room to weigh you down if you are in Christ.
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform 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.”
This transformation begins with the renewal of your mind. Recall with my team, it was not an overnight change in ability, learning to swing the bat harder or run faster, but only a change of attitude and mindset that made the difference. With this renewal of the mind, we are able to seek and better understand God and His will, which is our purpose in this life.
Ephesians 4:22-24: 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.
Put off the old self and put on the new self! Make new that attitude of your mind! Take on today by allowing God to transform you into the image of His son Jesus.
See also: Ezekiel 36:26, Psalm 103:12, 2 Corinthians 4:16.