Normal, what’s that?

12 January 2014
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And 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 NASB


Normal, what is that?  I was thinking about that this morning.  I was awakened by a 5.6 shaker at 7:10AM.  After making sure everyone was ok, I went back to bed.  Of course it didn’t take me long to realize that ship had sailed and I was not going back to sleep.  So, I decided to go downstairs and have some coffee and quiet time while everyone else enjoyed a little more sleep.  I started realizing how “normal” earthquakes have become to us.  We jokingly tell people that we don’t even go outside for less than a 6.0, but it is not far from reality.  We can see the ash plumes from one of the most active volcanoes in our country from our house.  It is such an amazing sight.  So many things have become normal to us, which never would have been normal before.    At the same time, so many things that used to be normal are not normal anymore.  When visiting with family in the US, I have a hard time going to a faucet and filling myself a cup of water.  You don’t drink water from a faucet where I live.  And how many times have I grabbed total strangers in a meeting and given them the very “normal”, acceptable and expected greeting of a kiss on the cheek only to realize, that in the US this is not normal, accepted or expected like it is here.

This made me realize something.  How easy it is for us to conform to what is going on around us.  We were given a charge in Romans 12:2.  DO NOT BE CONFORMED.  This implies that we can be conformed.  This is a real danger.  If we do not allow a transformation we will find ourselves just accepting whatever is thrown at us as normal and acceptable.  How do we avoid this?   The answer is in the same verse, by renewing our mind.  We must actively get to know the God we serve.  We must allow Him to change our hearts and our minds.  This must be done on a daily basis.  We must every day allow the Holy Spirit to show us those things in our lives that need to change, those areas that have conformed instead of being transformed and we must react.  We must learn to die to self and live for Him.

I love the New Living Version translation of this verse.

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

I am so thankful for the Heavenly Father’s transforming work in my life.  I desire to be a light that shines hope in the dark areas and I know this will only happen as I allow Him to transform my thinking each and every day.