Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
The above verse highlights just one of my many experiences in following Jesus. The pattern of this world seeks to enslave people to certain rules to achieve greatness and/or freedom and happiness, but Jesus seeks to free us from these rules and exalt us in His own way.
Jesus has set me free (and continues to do so) from worry and unnecessary concern of what others think. He has enlightened my mind in a way I cannot even describe in words, where I’m led to His wisdom, solution, understanding, and/or peace in almost every single problem I face each day.
His favor is so ridiculously for me, and for any who submit to Him, it is almost too good to be true. It’s what births hope each day in my heart. I don’t live without pain and stress and tears, but every time I feel this way, I try reminding myself that it only means another opportunity to experience the goodness of God, in His own unique and sometimes unexpected way, and in His timing.
Sometimes I wish the Bible could receive a makeover so everyone could capture the goodness written there. But I realize words alone cannot fully convey the immeasurable joy that comes from being transformed and walking in holiness. It must also come through experiencing God and these truths personally, through trust and obedience to His guidance.
I know Satan once blinded my eyes. I believed that holiness equated to boredom and dullness. But now I see that the holiness God is working through me makes me the best possible version of myself…creative, funny, kind, compassionate, patient, and the list goes on.
I don’t say that to brag about myself – I don’t think I’m close to perfect, nor do I think I’m anymore valuable than the next person. I still have my whole life to live and experiences to shape me.
I say this to bring attention to God’s promise and heart toward all who trust in Him. I believe every person of every race, nation, and socioeconomic background in this world is amazing and can find their greatest potential walking with Christ.
Those who look to Him are radiant with joy; their faces will never be ashamed.
Since I’ve been home from YWAM, God has given me a long season of rest and renewal. He has given back to me more than I could ever “give” to Him. I feel strengthened once again, not just in my body, but in my mind and spirit as well. He really is a God who values rest and wants people to experience His rest, even in full-time employment.
…but those who trust in the LORD will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.
Sometimes my heart is spilling over in thankfulness and praise for what God has done in my life and continues to do, but I cannot always find an appropriate outlet for this praise. That’s why I’m writing today.
God is good, what more can I say?