Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Fitting into Culture (Click this title)

"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" (Romans 12:2 Message Bible)

This is painful to ponder. How often our actions, our habits, and our thoughts are accustomed to doing what everybody else does, going with the flow. If other people we know see a certain movie or tv show, read a type of literature, listen to some genre of music -- why shouldn't we check it out? We might be missing out on something! We might not be considered "cool" or whatever the "now" terminology might be.

The article referenced above (linked to the title) includes a section for prayer and contemplation. The website is called "Journals of the Heart" and the article is called "A Time for New Choices." Is it just coincidence that I came across this resource at the same time as I began a new venture into one of the popular social networking sites, Facebook? Did I really hear a whisper from God, asking why don't you have more interest in "Heartbook" than "Facebook"?

This article is so convicting! Read it now, and answer the questions at the bottom, just as I am doing. Then, pray with me, the words that Brenda wrote: "Help me not to look at others and choose what is profitable or unprofitable for me based on what they have liberty to do. I let go and make more room for You in My life and heart."

Lord, Captivate My Heart...