“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”. Romans 12:2
Do you have expectations of a fallen world?
I do. At times, I have expected people in the world to make the right choices, value God over money, and to care for the destitute. Why do I expect these things from a world that cannot give them to me? My former pastor used to say “And that surprises you? You mean the world ignores Christ and his righteous laws for living and you’re surprised by that”?
It’s a tough place to be when you accept situations as they are and not how you would like them to be. For us forever optimists, this can be difficult because letting go may lead to a sense of despair and most definitely disillusionment. The one thing we have control over is ourselves and how we respond (not react) to life. Attitude is important and we need to still seek a “peaceful and quiet life” (1 Timothy 2:2) no matter how we feel or what everyone else is doing.
What does being renewed in your mind look like for you? Thomas (2010) discussed nine “paths” to renewing your mind depending on your personality: Naturalists, Sensates, Traditionalists, Ascetics, Activists, Caregivers, Enthusiasts, Contemplatives and Intellectuals.
We are all mixtures of a number of these different approaches to feeling close to God – whether in nature, studying God’s Word, or in service. So even if no one you know spends time with God today, make it a priority for you. 😊
Thomas, Gary. (2010). Sacred pathways: Discover your soul’s path to God. Zondervan Publishing.