“Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.” (Romans 12: 2, the Passion Translation)
Here is the recipe for a beautiful life. It isn’t one that aspires to be like the world, to try to reach some goal of human perfection or to be validated by others.
We cannot reach a truly good and right life by trying to be what the culture around us seems to tempt us to be; or, conversely, by seeing the trends and experiences of others as what we must have to be successful or popular, and yet finding these goals unreachable or even unsavory.
Instead, stop looking around you and start looking to God. He is ready to change your life from the inside out. He is ready to give you what is genuine and expansive, and what is pleasing to Him as well. God can open our spiritual eyes to what is neither satisfying or progressive for us, and instead show us how to do and be what makes our souls really sing.
And in this transforming, this revealing of our true and best selves, we can begin to live a life that is individually pleasing, but which also radiates powerfully in a world in need of light.
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