I’m sure I’ve talked before here about the “Transformer Principle.”
It’s a principle my dad came up with as one of the “Grandfather’s Secrets” he shares each summer with the grandkids, and it’s attached to the one about sex. (More about that in another post if anyone is interested), but the “transformer principle” itself is really the ability to transform your thinking.
And I think about it a lot because it is so valuable with anything in life.
“I could be really hurt because of what so-and-so said to me but I’m going to transform my feelings to realize they may be going through something I’m not aware of.”
“I’m a mess because I’m not living up to my potential” can transform into “I am learning and growing even when I may not realize it, what steps/goals can I take to get going on things I can learn from?”
Or even better yet, “I am a beloved daughter of Heavenly Parents and I want to more earnestly seek guidance from Them.”
I copied down this quote from Brooke Snow on one of her podcasts that relates as well: “If you don’t like the way you’re feeling, change the way you’re thinking.”
This all takes practice, of course, but although sometimes it’s so much easier said than done, I have seen those those transformations through the blood and sweat and tears. In my own life as well as in others.
Our thoughts are so powerful.
So let’s go back to the reunion theme this year: “Count it all JOY.”
For some trials we may feel baffled that the word joy could possibly be linked to the harrowing thing we’re going through.
But let’s delve in further because this is from James 1:2-4 and it is SO GOOD:
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
“Let patience have her perfect work.”
How beautiful is that?
I am surrounded right now by those who are in the depths of the trials of that patience. Sometimes I wonder how in the world human beings can carry sorrows that heavy, and oh how I want to help them heave and lift (and I do to the best of what I can.)
But I have to remember there is beauty of the transformation. And it doesn’t come as fully without the valleys.
And the push (“Good Timber doesn’t grow with Ease“)
Richard Rohr says, “The word “innocent” from its Latin root means ‘not wounded.’ That’s how we all start life. We’re all innocent. It doesn’t have anything to do with morally right or wrong. It has to do with not yet being wounded. We start unwounded. We start innocent, but the killing of our holy innocence (as in Herod’s command to kill the Holy Innocents [Matthew 2:16–18]) is an archetypal image of what eventually happens to all of us. Probably it has to happen for us to grow up. We have to leave the garden. This movement of leaving and returning, forward and back, is the process of transformation. It’s the way we increase the spaciousness of freedom in our lives, so that we have the capacity for true relatedness.
“Jesus tells three parables about losing and finding: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son (Luke 15:4–32). In each case, we think we have it, we lose it, we rediscover it, and then we throw a party. The party only happens after the rediscovery because we don’t really ‘have it’ until we’ve lost it and choose it consciously again. That’s the human journey, the movement from first naiveté or false innocence to the chosen and conscious freedom that God is calling us toward.” (more HERE)
We have to “transform” our thinking to understand that in “leaving the garden,” (going through the refiners fires) we have the power to actually transform ourselves.
And when we do, thoughts like “I am deserted by God because of the things I am going through” (thinking of our study of Job this week in Come Follow Me) could turn into “God is so much bigger than this.”
In order to choose it, we have to believe in the good. Look for the good. Believe that the good comes from God. And also believe that just because it’s not ALL good, that doesn’t mean we are forsaken.
When we chose to use that transformer principle and build on the thoughts that help us see progress in the burdens, and when we see the miracles and count them as such, our lives are transformed.