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Sister’s Keeper: Change Begins in the Mind


Last month, we discussed the fact that much like Bible greats such as Joseph, Daniel, and Esther, your calling, too, will include trials and tribulations.

Kharissa Forte is a contributing editor to Metro Voice Newspaper

Kharissa Forte is a contributing editor to Metro Voice Newspaper

While some women have reacted very warrior princess-ish to facing these hurdles, most women have questioned if they’re really ready for the job God has set out for them to do.

When my tests and hardships came, I questioned if I was cut out for it, too. Then, I realized that if I could change the way that I think about these adversities, then my attitude and my actions may be able to change, as well.

Romans 12:2 backs up this idea.

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (NLT)

Key phrase: changing the way you think.

If I allow God to mold my mentality on the tasks He has set before me, then I can handle the pushback that comes with it. Perhaps, this is one of the reasons why Paul said we overcome obstacles by taking our thoughts captive and teaching them to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).

It all starts in the mind.

Being the omniscient deity that He is, I believe this is exactly why God encouraged Joshua to be strong and courageous when He called him to lead Israel into the Promised Land.

The best part is that these motivating words that God spoke to Joshua are the very same mind shaping promises that can arouse you to press on.

Be strong and courageous because He appointed you. (Joshua 1:6)

Your experience, qualifications, or lack thereof are secondary concerns when it comes to your calling. God hand-picked you at this appointed time for a reason.

His reason.

We’ve heard this before, but it’s time that we believe it: The fact that He called you qualifies you and you are qualified because He called. Simple as that.

Be strong and courageous because He equipped you. (Joshua 1:7)

My husband and I love to road trip. We’ve driven to Minneapolis, Denver, Dallas, and a few other cities.

Last year, we took our longest drive ever — 19 hours to be exact — to Myrtle Beach.

We had an idea of where we were going without an inkling of a clue on how we were going to get there. All we knew for certain was that the GPS would guide the way. We relied on that sweet piece of technology full-heartedly and it gave us the confidence to proceed. We arrived safely, had a great time and came back home just as secure.

God’s word is the GPS of our souls and it is how He equips us to be strong and courageous in our calling.

You may have just an idea of where you’re going without a clue on how you’re going to get there, but that’s okay because God’s word provides the assurance you need to continue.

Be strong and courageous because He is with you. (Joshua 1:9)

He didn’t appoint us and equip us just to send us on our merry way. He’s there through every step.

When you’re ready to give up, God is there to help you keep going. When you feel unappreciated, God is there to reassure you of your value. When you think no one cares, God is there to cherish you with His love.

Because He is by your side, you can realize your calling with full faith that you’re never alone. In facing your calling with all of its ups and downs, we can have the mindset to be strong and courageous. Change begins in the mind.

Next month, we’ll discuss what this looks like in our interactions with others.


Kharissa Forte is a wife and mother of two. She received her journalism degree from UMKC and uses it to enrich the spiritual lives of women. For more information, visit www.DreamBigMinistries.wordpress.com.