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. (Romans 12:2 ESV)
My daughter, Mia, decided that she needed to purge her room and reluctantly chose to put her stuffed animals in storage. Being that they are big and lumpy, it made sense to put them into one of those a large, vacuum sealed bag that suck the excess air out and compresses them into a manageable size.
She watched tentatively as the bag got smaller and smaller. Thumper’s ears got tinier right before our eyes . . . Eeyore took on a misshapen figure . . . and her beloved ‘bunny’ looked anorexic. ‘Mom, are you sure they won’t stay like that?’ For a moment, I thought that she was going to change her mind, but she really liked the open, clean space in her freshened room and relented.
As I went to bed that night, I was also a bit concerned the stuffies might be damaged over time, but we had a tiny townhouse and I had to trust they would survive. As I lay in the dark, their crazy, distorted grave masks got me to thinking . . .
What things in my life are sucking the breath out of me, distorting the godly shape that the Lord wants me to take on? Am I being transformed by the inside out? Or am I allowing the world to press in on me and rob me of His Spirit, crowding my heart and mind?
Father, forgive us for allowing the world to conform us . . . when You have called us to be transformed by You. Holy Spirit, flood our hearts and minds with more of You so that we can take in Your Word and discern what You’d have us do and be. Amen!
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