October 3, 2018

People often have old tires retreaded—a new tread is placed on the old worn casing. Many individuals try to retread their lives and believe they have a new life. But, a new reality, a new life is the result of replacing old negative thoughts and attitudes with new positive thoughts and a positive outlook.

The apostle Paul gives excellent advice for improving your attitude when he writes, “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” (Romans 12:2).

Fortunately, with the proper focus and execution, you can renew your mind. Here are 20 ways:

Replace “doubt with “confidence.”

Replace “impossible” with “possible.”

Replace “I’m tired” with “one more step.”

Replace “I’m limited” with “I’m outside the box.”

Replace “I am not” with “I am.”

Replace “l am a failure with “l failed.”

Replace “l am no one” with “| am someone.”

Replace “hate’ with “love.”

Replace “try” with “do.’

Replace “blame” with “what went wrong?”

Replace “past” with “present.”

Replace “you’re wrong” with “Let me think about that.”

Replace “underperforming” with “stellar performance.”

Replace “lying” with “truth.”

Replace “closed mind” with an “open mind.”

Replace “ignorance” with “understanding.”

Replace “effort” with “results.”

Replace “avoidance” with “interaction.”

Replace “procrastination” with “action.”

Replace “someday” with “today.”

People have unhappy days, and for a Christian to have several bad days in a row may signal you miss stepped in your walk with God. It doesn’t take much— a couple of missed daily Bible readings or prayer can do it. There are periods in life when you experience “dog days,” or feel like a retread. Sometimes you need a radical attitude change. Consider replacing old worn-out attitudes and beliefs with a new set of wheels and a new reality.

Think to replace, and not retread.