What To Accept

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

 “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)

If you have little siblings or you’ve ever been around any toddlers or young children, than you are probably familiar with the joys of hearing them randomly echo or repeat things that someone around them has said. 

Every once in a while, I am caught off guard by something my two year old brother says. A few of his favorite sayings at the moment are “Oh my goodness!” and “Don’t hit people!” - which he frequently uses at random. There’s no doubt that small children pick up on the mannerisms, behavior, and language being used around them, and although as teenagers we have a stronger gift of discernment, we are still similarly influenced by the things around us.

There is no way to control what happens in the world around us, but we can choose what we allow ourselves to be influenced by. The music we listen to, the books we read, the movies we watch, the people whose opinions we value, the people we spend time with and who we look up to are all choices we make every day. 

It’s hard to have a positive attitude when you’re listening to a negative song. It’s not easy to love the skin you’re in when you are listening to the media tell you it isn’t good enough. It can be hard to have a grateful heart when you are watching movies that set a standard for how your life should look.

What we take to heart is important. We were not meant to conform to this world, but instead be “transformed by the renewal of our minds” and with the gift of discernment decide what is “good and acceptable and perfect” for our lives.  Today, the media is constantly shouting out the word “acceptance,” and often times it seems like we should just desensitize ourselves and go along with what is “in.” But the truth is, we are not called to live an ordinary, go-with-the-flow life, and God would love to be our influence - all we have to do is ask.

Dear Lord,
Influence me, transform me, and mold me into the reflection of You that I was mean to be. Shape me, and through testing help me to discern what to accept in my life and heart. Guide my decisions and remind me to look up to You for counsel and comfort. Create in me a clean heart and a pure mind. Amen.

As a member of the body of Christ, what should you be accepting in to your life regularly?
Is there something that God is calling you to reject?
Is there a spiritual mentor in your life that is a positive influence?

Written by: Daisy Budgick

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  1. I needed this today... Thank you Daisy for letting God work through you.

  2. Thank YOU for taking the time to read it. :) God has a way of knowing just what we need, and giving it at the perfect time. I'm so heart-warmed to see this comment! :)


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