Reading: Romans 12:1-2
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 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.

Thought: As children, our neurons map themselves out as we learn and develop patterns of behaviour. As adults, these have been laid down, hence it is harder to learn new tricks or overcome bad habits. The good news is that God offers also offers us the opportunity to start afresh. We have a role to play, however, just as when we were children. What we feed our minds with and how we live, once again lays down future patterns. This is why prayer, Bible reading and coming together to worship is so important. Not only do they honour God, but they train our minds and set them on the right path.

Prayer: Psalm 51:10-11
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.