BY: BRITNEY PALMA
E-MAIL ADDRESS: Bpalma1987@gmail.com
BIBLE TEXT: “Don’t copy the behaviors and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” –Romans 12:2 (NLT)
PERSONAL REFLECTION: After much thought, I feel as if this verse has great meaning for those who have walked the road of faith for quite sometime. In the beginning of life with Christ all was well, fresh, and new. The energy to run the race was at its most for the simple fact that the race had just begun. The excitement masked the unknown challenges that laid ahead. But it is when the first bump causes us to slightly trip that we begin to question our original feelings and/or intentions along with the new life we thought we had. Then the second hiccup appears along with a road block and it threatens to keep us from continuing along our way. We see others running past us with smiles as they are focused on their own journey and this causes us to question our own ability to carry out the mission we have been called to fulfill.
Once we are able to regroup and begin to make progress again, no one takes notice. The hard work and effort put forth is often overlooked by our fellow companions along the way. The expectation of a pat on the back is shot down by the busyness of others. This is where the wisdom of the above verse becomes active. The world looks for self recognition with an air of arrogance and pride. The world quits when the going gets tough or when an unexpected event occurs. The world becomes withdrawn and antisocial as it refuses to share the pain inflicted by the trip up caused by the bump in the road. The world becomes bitter and angry when the hard work has been overlooked and unnoticed because the world’s reason for working was notoriety and not for others’ benefit. We (as Christians) still live in this world, and not only are we side by side with the world, we are called to be salt to it. Are we called to look side to side for an example or are we called to look up? It takes a God bigger than the world “to transform you into a new person by changing the way you think,” but it is our choice to allow Him.
PRAYER: Father, thank you for calling me out of darkness into your light. Thank you for your truth revealed as I continue to walk this journey called life. Lord, please remind me of your way when I am tempted to imitate the worlds actions and reactions. Remind me of the assigned call you have placed upon me as I continue to learn your will for my life. I know I can trust you God for you are forever faithful and forever present.
In Jesus name,
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
My name is Britney and I currently live in Hermitage. My husband, Andres, and I have 3 kids and a dog: Donavan,11, Chloe, 10, and Serenity, 8. Luna is our dog. She is a Lab/Husky mix. We love soccer and when it’s nice outside you can find us at the fields kicking the ball around. Other hobbies of mine are trying to cook, running in the early morning hours, reading, and just hanging out on the front porch with friends and family. Thank you for taking time to learn a little about me.