Conformed or Transformed?

May 2nd, 2007 • Category: Encouragement
by Pam Beutler

Please read Romans 12:1-2 (NRSV) (The Message) out loud if possible.

As you read, consider these questions: What might God be saying to me in this passage? What jumps out at me? At the end of the reading, try to summarize your thoughts in a sentence or two before reading on.

My thoughts on this passage (Pam Beutler):

Let the same mind be in you that was in Jesus Christ. Philippians 2:5

As a young child in a parochial school, the good sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) taught us that when unpleasantries come our way, we should offer our small struggles to Our Lord. Not so that we’ll always find an easy way out, but so that we can offer ourselves to God for His purposes.

Over the years, I realized how I had incorporated this simple lesson into my life. I try to remind myself often that I am here for a bigger cause. I may not have all the luxuries that the 21st century offers, but I have joy and love surrounding me everyday. I try not to let material things weigh me down, and keep my focus on His purpose for me. I learned as a child to thank God every day for my life and things that He has brought into it, good or bad. I try to always be amazed at God’s everyday miracles — a sunrise or a sunset, the smell of a spring field or the fury of an Indiana thunderstorm. I often take a moment to clear my mind from the bustle of life, and have my conversation with God.

Many of us are bruised souls, making it through this world and waiting for the next life. I know there is more. I give each day to God, my breath, the pain in my joints, the laugh in my belly, each day to God. When life overwhelms me, and it often does, I stop and pray…I give my life to the One who made me. I ask God to help me look beyond what is taking place. Spiritual transformation through learning is a continuing process.

Thought for the day: What would it mean for me to give this moment to God?

Today, let’s join together in prayer for: Jesus MCC’s Homeless Ministry, which works several days each month with Horizon House.

We encourage you to include a time of prayer with this reading. Use the item above as a starting point, or consider the guidelines on the How to Pray page.

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