– ” 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
“Women of God can never be like women of the world.
The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender.
There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind.
There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined.
We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith.
We have enough greed; we need more goodness.
We have enough vanity; we need more virtue.
We have enough popularity; we need more purity.”
-Margaret D. Nadauld-
Today, we as women have an unprecedented amount of pressure to fit in…our friends and families, co-workers, fellow church members, fellow students. Our flesh desires acceptance and inclusion, friendships, relationships, moments of significance, and a sense of importance and purpose. We yearn for the rush of emotions and good feelings that come along with praise or kind comments from others. We strive for invitations to social gatherings and crave attention from those that we care about. We all too easily begin developing a picture of our self worth and identity based off of what others think about us, or how well we are “perceived” or “liked” by those that we encounter in our daily lives. We often hesitate to make our true thoughts or opinions known for the fear or rejection, conflict, or lost relationships. (It’s NOT easy to go against the grain or march to the beat of your own drum sometimes friends.)
I have never been a part of the “in crowd” (and I’m still not), and I’ve never held rank in the latest friend clique…and THAT’S OKAY because I’M NOT SUPPOSED TO! As a Christian, I SHOULD be different. I shouldn’t “fit in” with everyone else (or want to for that matter). I shouldn’t always “go with the flow” just because it’s what everyone else is doing. My focus should be on JESUS, and it should stay on JESUS… not on the trivial things of this WORLD.
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord … 2 CORINTHIANS 6:17
Lord, in the midst of all of the noise and chaos of this world, help us to focus our hearts and minds on You. May we strive to live lives that will bring YOU honor and glory. Help us to proclaim Your Word proudly, and give us the courage to stand, even when we might have to stand alone. Remove jealousy, bitterness, or resentfulness towards others from our hearts. Help us to remember that You are there with us always, and that You love us unconditionally. Help us to love others with that same kind of love. Help us to be a light for You to others and to offer encouragement to those in need Father. Help us Lord to seek and find our identity in You and in who You say that we are…not in who the world defines us to be or tells us that we have to be. Help us to never lose sight of Your plan for us and to lean upon Your word and Your promises. I thank you for what you are doing in our lives today Father, and I ask these things in Jesus name. Amen. ❤