Hi, my name is Jaco Alberts. Before I get to my professional history of how I got to where I am today, just relax and let me tell you who I am as a person
Since I can remember I’ve been intrigued by the human potential and the way the brain works. I’ve always been passionate about the influence our faith has on our thinking and how it affects our practical daily living in the way that we apply it. I believe you cannot separate them from one another.
Every action starts with a thought. Everything you say, made its way through your brain first, so you start saying what you are thinking about. By constantly hearing what you say, you start believing it and you act accordingly. These actions have consequences which confirms what you believe, which again has an influence on what you are thinking. And so the cycle starts again. What are you thinking about all day? What do you feed your mind with?
Genesis 11:5-7 says “5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
Mankind has been created to have authority here on earth. We are blessed with the ability of decision making, and we need to decide whether we are going to apply our God-given potential for good or for evil. In Genesis 11 the people of Babel had evil on their minds and God had to intervene, but it does show the potential of the human mind once man has set his mind on something. That is why it is so important to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in order to get wisdom from God in your decision making.
It was very well summarised by Napoleon Hill when he said “whatever the mind of man can conceive, man can achieve”.
The Beginning of a Journey
While following a career of about 4 years in the police-force, I’ve had the privilege to be a member of the Reaction Unit of the South African Police-force.
During this time I also qualified for my first degree black belt in martial arts. I eventually resigned from the police-force during 1983 to achieve my first goal of becoming a full time martial arts instructor.
Being fascinated with the human mind and the way we think, I often used visualisation to improve the execution of various techniques. I learned to do this after listening to a recording of a seminar by Norman Vincent Peale. He used the example where he advised a gymnast who had a problem to master a swinging technique on the bar. His advice was….”first throw your heart over the bar and your body will follow.” I have learned that this is not only applicable in sports for executing techniques or moves, but also in practical everyday living.
By 1998 my sports career often took me away from home and it got demanding on my family life. I started missing out on being around while my two daughters were growing up. So we decided that I will quit my sports career and settle in a “normal” job.
This was a very difficult adjustment to make, but once again I decided that if I could put my mind to it, I could make it work. By 2002 I had worked myself up into a management position. In 2003, the company I worked for, offered me a transfer to Durban, located on the East Coast of South Africa. After discussing this with Elmarie, my wife, we were excited about the idea seeing that it has been a lifelong dream for both of us to live by the sea.
A New Beginning
Early in 2004, the excitement of living by the sea was short-lived when I received the news that due to the bad economy, the company had to close down and I was getting laid off.
This was disastrous, as my wife was also offered a position in Durban with me, which meant that we were suddenly both unemployed.
Fortunately we were both able to find new employment, but by the end of 2008 I got laid off for the second time in my life due to bad economy. At that time I was marketing trading software for a company trading on the stock market. The branch I was employed by was only opened for about a year when the stock markets crashed in 2008, and they couldn’t survive the blow.
It became a roller-coaster ride and as you can imagine, eventually it started to take its toll mentally. I managed to keep going with some minor business endeavours but by now I was severely limited in finances. It was with sheer determination and perseverance that I kept pressing on.
Again I tried my hand in anything I could find and I also started looking for work online. Eventually, during the year 2014 I got involved with a group of like-minded people online and I started participating in various discussions. I started posting in FaceBook, and I was surprised by the responses I received. This encouraged me to start posting blog posts, and that was the start of a new beginning.
Why the “Your Mind Renewed” Blog?
During this whole journey I was searching for my true purpose in life. I always wanted to discover my true destiny and achieve my full God-given potential. I have always been fascinated and intrigued by issues of faith. As a young man I always found it exciting to talk about these matters and always wanted to live life to the fullest, yet according to biblical principles in a practical way. I regret to say that I eventually gave in to being told by many people not to interpret everything so literally in the Bible, and I started keeping my ideas to myself.
After all these years and everything that happened to me and my family, I have renewed faith, seeing how God has brought us victoriously through various trials. Acknowledging the fact that we need finances in order to survive I have decided to take a stand based on one of my favourite scriptures; Matthew 6:25-34 with the emphasis on verse 33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”.
My goal with this blog is to share with like-minded people, the way that we can practically apply these biblical principles in our everyday lives to be successful in life and achieve our full potential what we’ve been created for, without feeling guilty about it.
We are always so eager to spend fortunes on motivational speakers and the latest positive thinking program on the market, while true wisdom – containing all the answers – are right under our noses all the time. By no means do I disregard or discredit the value of many of these motivational speakers. I love to listen to them myself, and to read their books and blog posts. What I love though, is when I listen to what they say, and I can recognise that information from scripture, and you find the practical application of how that scripture can be applied in everyday living.
That is exactly what moved me to start speaking out. To start writing about how these principles can be applied in everyday living – and they are available to each and everyone of us.
So this is just me, talking about faith, how affects your thinking and the impact it has on life for anybody who wants to apply it.
The Foundation of a Family
Currently I am still living in Durban with my beautiful wife, Elmarie and our two daughters, Danielle (recently got married) and Lucinda (soon to be married). It is by the grace of God and the strong foundation of our family that I kept the courage to keep going.
I believe that family life provides a strong foundation in life. It provides:
a safe and secure environment for children to grow up in.
an ideal environment to have a father figure to provide security, protection and leadership.
an ideal environment to develop loving relationships and support with the leadership and support of a mother figure.
an environment of moral support and safety for the whole family. A support structure for each individual member of the family, developed through love and respect.
the ideal platform for mutual respect between husband and wife. When we lay the foundation as found in Ephesians 5:21-31 and then build each other up in faith, the family environment creates a place of love, moral support, and encouragement, providing stability and security which is beyond description. A beautiful description of the wife of noble character can also be found in Proverbs 31:10-31.
I am grateful and consider myself to be blessed to have the support of my family.
I do need to add this though: A strong family doesn’t just happen by itself. It takes commitment, mutual respect and it requires effort from each individual member of the family. And the most important element is lots of time in prayer. When someone would make a positive remark about our family (especially about our kids), we would often respond by saying “maybe we can’t show you the blisters on our hands, but we surely can show it on our knees”.