Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
This is a reminder that we are merely flawed humans. We are all just trying to get by in this crazy world—in this crazy time—figuring out who we are and where we belong. What does MY puzzle piece look like? Where does MY piece fit in a sea of 8 billion pieces? What is God’s plan for ME?
God gave each of us unique, special gifts—not the kind that comes wrapped in a pretty bow—but the gift of opportunity, experience, and knowledge the older we get and the longer we live. Society may be conformed to the main idea of golden rules and consumer lifestyles, but it is our job, our greatest opportunity, to discover that God has embedded within us the gift of discernment—that even though society has set its standards, we may question if we must follow those standards or create our own. It is through faith in God we discover and craft our lives—not the lives around us—but our own puzzle piece.
The gift of observing, calculating, and figuring out who we are by applying faith in Him and trusting in Him to guide us through decisions of right and wrong.
It is so hard to be open-minded sometimes—so hard to understand different points of view, different perspectives from your own. But that’s the beauty of our God-given gifts; we decide who we are and who we want to be, and that goal—that dream—is built on a foundation of faith. As you grow, you must learn that faith is more than complete faith in God, but faith in who God has created you to be. You must have faith in YOURSELF. Our society is constantly evolving, shifting, growing because, over time, diversity has paved the way to change. It’s okay to be different, it’s okay to listen to your thoughts, and it’s okay to trust in God.
When we are young, we learn what society sees as valuable and invaluable; we learn manners, actions, and qualities that are “good” and “bad”—qualities that differ all over the world. As humans, we were each individually sculpted by God—each and every one of us. When God says, “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,” He is expressing that uniqueness within us all; He is elaborating on the fact that if we stop “keeping up with the Joneses” of everyday society—focusing on technology, on economics, or on fashion trends—and put that focus onto Him, only then will we finally attain answers to our many questions.
By focusing on God—on the opportunities, experiences, and knowledge He places in our path—we will develop a sense of “what is good and acceptable and perfect” in His eyes.
We discern who we are, we put trust and faith in God to guide our way, and with that, we will obtain wisdom. We are all different, yet we all must focus on one thing to truly formulate a life that we love, that God loves: believe in yourself. We all have one life to live, countless stepping stones and experiences to take, yet God has created us to be different—to see things differently. He is the perfect representation of who we look to be.
Listen to God, and trust your gut. Be confident in the person God created you to be, and never be afraid to gain knowledge by accepting the path God has laid out for you.
The will of God is different for each and every one of us, so don’t be afraid! Be the best you that you can be, for you are perfect in God’s eyes and the sooner you realize that, the sooner you will realize that He has got you and we have our paths for a reason. Just listen.
Written by Melissa R.