Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God – what is good and well-pleasing and perfect. Romans 12.2
There is much dissatisfaction, strife, and unhappiness in the present world. Here in our city alone, we have had several people to commit suicide. One would think that it would affect more adults, but we have had a young man in his early teens that jumped out of a window from the 12th floor. The world is the realm where sin is rampant. Despair and hopelessness abound. Paul tells his readers to not be conformed to this present world. I do not have to give in to the negative. But how do I resist such influence? I resist by renewing my mind through the word of God. God’s will is good, well-pleasing and perfect, complete. The neat thing is that this word can transform my life. It will change my life if I let it. By renewing my mind, I can test and approve what God’s will is. I do not have to guess. I can know. Now that is something worth sharing!