This requires having an open mind. You may have to say, “I don’t know all that I am to be, but I know what I am not, and I desire to be rid of my old self. I am willing to try something new.”
I call this openness forming an empty cup. This means you are willing to regard your body and your life as an empty vessel ready to be filled with the new. The Bible expresses this idea in this way:
No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins. (Mark 2:21-22).
These words tell us that transforming your life does not mean patching up or fixing the old. It means starting over. It means getting a new vessel to hold a new you. You need a new mind and a new body to create a new life. Sometimes in my classes I actually bring a full cup of water to class and show my students what happens when you try to pour new water into a full cup. The full cup simply overflows and cannot hold anything new.
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