Romans 12: 1-2 MSG
"So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you."
In our everyday lives we sleep, we eat, we go to work or school, we go to the store, the movies, the park. We go places, we do things and we see people. We hang out at home, play with our kids, work in our yards. We go to the beach, lake or to the spring. We go for a run, take a walk or hit the gym. We take a nap, watch a game or crank up the grill. We live. We live our lives. This passage is about how you choose to reflect Jesus in your everyday walking around life.
Are you kind, encouraging and thoughtful? Are you generous with smiles, opening doors and helping others with tasks? Are you considerate of your time and of other people's time? Do you say yes with enthusiasm and no with confidence? Are you showing your light, your love of God to the world with your acts and deeds? How about at home, behind closed doors; does the same thoughtfulness and generosity extend to yourself and to your own family?
Don't be that person who cut me off in traffic and then flips me off. Don't be that person who ridicules a store clerk because they didn't get it done the way your wanted or expected. Don't be that person that cusses a blue streak when they don't get their own way. Don't be that person who we see emulated and applauded on TV for being a jerk. Don't be the person who does 'whatever it takes' - 'no matter who it hurts' in order to get ahead. Don't be that person.
Instead be the person who God knows you can be.
Transformation from what we once were to what we can be is not always easy. We can easily revert to our old ways of thinking or slip into what we were accustomed to before. Don't let the lies of 'I will never change', 'it's just the way I am', 'it's how I was raised' or 'I can't change' hold you captive. It's easy to talk ourselves out of changing. Change is hard. But God! The transforming power of God makes everything possible. If you slip up (and you will because we are not perfect people) ask for forgiveness and move on. Forgive yourself and move on. Ask God to help you become all that you can be and move on. Listen to God, respond to to what He says and move on! Transformation begins with recognizing the need, wanting to change, asking for help and following directions. Simply put - hard to do! Just Do It and move on! God's got great plans for you!