Reset - Jesus Changes Everything
The reset that Jesus offers begins with you and me. When we allow our lives to be reset from sin, cynicism, and self-reliance to faith in Jesus—his grace, his love, his transformation—all the other resets we want and need can and will follow.
Welcome to the first installment of our new series, Reset: Jesus Changes Everything, a four-week experience that promises to do just that . . . to help us reset whatever it is in our lives that is not functioning well.
To “reset” something is to restore it to its original design, its original purpose, its original intent. It is literally to set again. To reestablish. To reengage. To reorganize. The idea is to “reset” something back to how it was supposed to be all along.
For those of you who play the piano, when you want to play the note C, it should actually sound like C. If it doesn’t, you get the piano re-tuned. You reset it to how it was designed to sound.
When your smartphone is sluggish and doesn’t seem to have the energy to do anything you ask it to do, it needs to have all its apps shut down and its power rebooted. It needs to be reset.
When your marriage turns into a series of irritable moments and misunderstandings, it needs to be reset to effective communication, quality time, even enthusiasm.
When the team you’re on at work fails to hit its numbers once again . . . excellence has slipped, client issues have gone unresolved, agreed-upon goals haven’t been met . . . the team needs accountability, fresh ideas, new incentives perhaps. It needs to be reset.
When you realize it’s summer and hotdogs and ice cream have become a regular diet and you’re five pounds heavier, what your health regimen needs is a little restructure, some boundaries, something green for goodness sake. It needs to be reset.
We can all relate to these types of “resets,” these common, everyday needs to have our connections reestablished, our systems restructured, our routines re-imagined. And we all know that these can be powerful, even life-changing interventions.
What we may not be as quick to realize is that there is a type of reset that is far more powerful, vastly more life-changing than even these. There are times when not just the externals of our lives, but our inner workings need to be reset too. There are times when what we need more than anything else in life is a total and complete, full-on reset of the soul.
We are going to spend the next few weeks working through four key resets that promise to reinvigorate the core of who we are—who we really are when we go God’s way instead of our own. The resets we will look at are actually four one-line prayers. They go like this:
- Week 1: “Jesus, reset my heart.”—This is the resetting of our faith where all other resets begin. (We’ll talk more about this idea here in a moment.)
- Week 2: “Jesus, reset my mind.”—The resetting of our thoughts, the center of our belief.
- Week 3: “Jesus, reset my voice.”—The resetting of our words, what we say, why we say it and more specifically, how often we take the opportunities to talk about God.
- Week 4: “Jesus, reset my hands.”—The resetting of our work, the motivations for what we do, as well as the mechanics.
There is a natural progression to these four different categories of being reset, but the part that unites them is this: We were made for something more than the worry and anxiety, the heavy challenges of this world, the exhausting and frustrating experiences too many of us are enduring today. And Jesus is that something more.