"...do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."~Romans 12:2
[The following was written during lunch break on May 22, 2003.] I've been so concerned for the past few months about getting through the day-to-day "stuff" of life that I'm finding myself "conforming" to my surroundings more and more. Upon reading this passage, I am impressed with the thought that Romans 12:2 is describing a sort of continuum, where one end is "conformation" and the other is "transformation". If I'm not doing the one, I find myself sliding towards the other. This is one reason I think that a community of believers is so important. We are to "spur one another on toward love and good deeds" (Hebrews 10:24), which doesn't just mean getting together to feed the homeless or visit folks in the hospital, etc. It also means an accountability to each other's individual growth through prayer, meditation, and Scripture reading. I've neglected (to a degree) all three of these areas lately, smugly assuming that my photographic memory of Scripture verses is enough to carry me through. Every so often, though, I remember that with every viewing of Scripture comes the potential to see a new facet of that verse, something new that God wants to show me if I'll just let Him.
I must commit to the continual renewing of my mind, both through community and through the richness of time spent alone with God. An imbalance of these two will result in a corresponding skewing of my spiritual perspective. God help me. Kyrie Eleison.