Hey all! Okay, so I saw this picture online when I looked up Romans 12:2, and I thought, whoa, this is sooooo cool! It has a “go against the flow” kind of idea. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
Conformity may seem like it’s not such a bad thing, like you’re just doing what everyone else is doing and there’s nothing wrong with that, but honestly (and I know this from experience), conforming can ruin a person. It can make you lose sight of who YOU are; it can make it feel like you and your life have no purpose.
“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” That’s something I didn’t do last summer, when I was living completely for other people, specifically one. I didn’t take the time to find comfort in God and reading my Bible. He was there for me, but I didn’t see it. It felt like God didn’t care about me, so I quit caring about Him. Sure, I was still going to church every week with my family, and sometimes pieces of the message being preached would sink in a little bit. But once I got home, I quit caring. The person I had discovered in myself because of conformity had taken over for worse. But you know? That person wasn’t me. That was me trying to live up to someone else’s expectations. Life honestly didn’t matter anymore. I didn’t matter. God didn’t matter. I spent nights tossing and turning, and eventually crying myself to sleep. I spent days lying to my parents and the world around me.
But you know? Even if I thought that God wasn’t there for me, He was. It was pretty much while this was going on that we found my current church, and I felt like I fit in there. Like I didn’t have to try to be someone else to belong. And you know? That Christian fellowship, those strong friendships I’ve built just in the 8 months or so we’ve been attending; have really helped me through stuff. Those friendships are deep already. Having that Christian support and knowing that I can be who I am have helped me immensely. So I guess you could say, I’ve found myself again, or maybe even for the first time, all thanks to God.
Point being, conformity may not seem like such a bad thing. Doing things that you know are wrong just because it’s “cool” or “exciting” really is going to be a bigger deal than you think that it is. Notice in the image above, how the fish that didn’t conform is brighter and more colorful than those who did? Similarly, we will stand out, or be brighter and more colorful people, if we don’t conform ourselves to this world. So I challenge you, dear reader: