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You may know this, but I’ve written a book-type-thing, and it’s published next week. Therefore, I thought I’d take a moment to tell you a little bit about what it’s all about and why I think you should buy yourself a copy.
“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” Or so the saying goes! The truth is, what happens in Vegas, does not stay in Vegas. The same applies when it comes to our minds. We might think that what we think doesn’t really matter, after all our thoughts are private, right?! Wrong! They’re not. The mind is the control centre for our bodies and what we think about affects how we act. No wonder the Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Romans (12:2) said, “Be transformed…by the renewing of your mind.”
This is why I wrote 40/40. It all about helping us change the way we think, its about renewing our minds, so we can live transformed lives.
Now, I don’t know what you think about, but if you’re mind is anything like mine you think about a-million-and-one things, and many of those things are not particularly healthy. Perhaps they’re anxious, bitter, greedy or sexual. Whatever you think about, I’m sure that not all of them fall into the category of being true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy (see Philippians 4:8).
The thing is, we’re not going to be able to stop thinking unhealthy thoughts by trying to stop thinking unhealthy thoughts. What we have to do is start thinking about something else. That’s where the 40/40 challenge comes in. This is what it involves…
Every morning for 40 days there is a short Bible passage for us to read followed by a short comment to get us thinking. Then there is a short prayer and a question for us to ponder. That’s where a lot of Bible reading notes end. With 40/40, that’s just the beginning!
Too often we spend a few minutes reading the Bible in the morning and then get on with our lives. 40/40 is about taking what we read in the Bible into our lives – so our minds are renewed and our lives are transformed. To help us do this there are more ideas to help ensure that the word of God occupies our minds for the entire day. Each day there is a conversation starter, a creative way to write or symbolise the passage to help us remember it, and there is a suggested action – something, usually pretty simple, that we can do to put God’s word into action during the day.
Then, every evening, there is another short passage for us to read, along with a prayer and something for us to ponder as we fall asleep. So, day-and-night, the Word of God will be occupying our minds, changing the way we think, and transforming the way we live our lives.
I should mention that 40/40 isn’t a collection of randomly pulled together Bible passages. Throughout the 40 days we journey through the story of the entire Bible – so we get to learn a little about how our lives connect to God’s big story.
40/40 isn’t so much about taking time out to engage with God’s Word, rather it’s about taking God’s Word into our busy lives. So if you want to spend the next 40 days renewing your mind and transforming your life order your copy of 40/40 now.
If you’re still not convinced visit the 40/40 website, here you can find out more about the book and download a sample. Can I also encourage you to follow 40/40 on Twitter and ‘like’ 40/40 on Facebook? Then you can share the 40/40 experience with others. The 40/40 website also enables people to share their stories and photographs – so please consider becoming part of the online community as you take the40/40 challenge.