|Romans 12:2 – “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing and perfect will.”|
I think we all want to feel like we fit in. I grew up with flaming red hair in a sea of blondes and brunettes. I started wearing glasses at a very young age and was relentlessly teased because of it. I was also the shortest person in my class. In a world of beautiful long-legged blondes, I was nowhere near that, and I remember feeling like an oddball.
Society tends to follow trends in clothing and hairstyles and types of cars we drive. We have an innate need to feel part of the group. Fitting in with others seems to show we are worthy of being accepted by the masses. But does any of that really matter if our hearts are bitter or if our lifestyle is such that it hurts others? We can have the right brand of shoes or the most popular hairstyle but live a life of hate or anger, or even indifference. Watching the latest hit TV series may give us something to talk about at work tomorrow, but is it a positive message that is benefitting to others?
WE may spend hours on social media watching dance videos (or cooking, or cats) because it is the trending thing to do. but, at the end of the day, what kind of impression are WE leaving on the world? Do others look at us and see that we are different, not because of what we are wearing or doing, but because of who we are?
God wants to transform us – to make us new creatures that are not part of current society. We are to be different in how we act and how we talk to each other. We are to stand out from the crowd because of the work He has done in us.