I deadlifted 295 lbs with no problem. It took effort, of course, and the five lifts leading up to it, 135, 185, 225, 250, and 275, were crucial to my success. It moved so well that my coach suggested that I go up. 305, 310, or 315? I reasoned with myself to determine my next attempt. I loaded 310 onto the bar, confident that a 15 lb jump was doable. However, as the weight rose off the floor, I felt resistance, fear of injury crept in, and I put it down. Not today. My reasoning wasn’t flawed, but it wasn’t sanctified either.
Sanctified reasoning is thinking about things in a way that is consistent with God’s Word. It is a process of using our minds to understand and apply the truth of God’s Word to our lives. It’s a transformative pattern of thinking with a godly perspective.
Before each deadlift, I tell myself “it’s going to be heavy, but you can do this.” That mantra works for me most days, but today I let fear be the determining factor. I cried out my frustration, and cleared my head with sanctified reasoning, so I could work on my sets.
First, I called on the Holy Spirit for comfort. Then I asked God for wisdom and guidance. Immediately a scripture came to mind,
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.” 2 Timothy 1:7 CSB
Sound judgment. God has given us the gift needed to make wise choices for our lives in any given situation. When we stop to ask Him for help, He will help us to understand His truth and to apply it to our lives.
Next, I reminded myself of God’s promise that He will never leave us or forsake us. And finally, I remind myself that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. In the span of a few minutes, sanctified reasoning impacts our mindset, and puts us back on track.
A lifelong journey
Sanctified reasoning is part of our lifelong journey as disciples of Christ. Our minds are transformed and renewed by going to a new levels of spiritual understanding. And we get to new levels when we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us. Having our mindset renewed in this way is sacred and holy work.
As we grow in our relationship with God, we need to constantly practice sanctified reasoning, so that we can glorify Him with our lives and make a difference in the world.