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Transformed, Not Conformed

Back in the 1980s, when huge outlet malls weren’t common, we visited an outlet for a fancy clothing brand many miles from our home. Standing in that store, I pictured myself wearing these clothes to school, looking like the teens on TV and in magazines. I was going to wow everyone.

When I got home, I looked at these clothes in a new light. They were fashionable, but maybe not for a 12 year old, and they weren’t what the other girls in my very small 6th grade class were wearing. I think I wore them at home and maybe out shopping with the family, but I don’t recall ever wearing them to school. It was too big of a risk because I just wanted to fit in.

Do you ever feel that way today? I do. Being introverted, I don’t love standing out in a crowd. Going with the flow may be easier and more comfortable, but it can also be dangerous. Romans 12:2 ESV says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

When you hear someone say a verse or principle from the Bible that goes against what the world says, whose side do you take? I was recently listening to a sermon and I caught myself thinking, “Oh, that’s kind of harsh.” But the pastor’s interpretation wasn’t included in what had caught my attention. What he was saying was straight from the Bible! My heart had been affected by what the world said and I let the Holy Spirit correct me on it. Join me in praying that we will let God continually renew our minds, and that we will not be conformed to the world. 

I am participating in the #hopewriterlife challenge this week. “New You” was today’s prompt.

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