Be Transformed

(NIV version) Romans 12:  Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  That is really standing out to me right now.  My mind has felt like that burst of color up there the last month or two…tons of colors and lots going on…all of it scatterbrained, non-committal, feeling guilty and anxious that everything I do is wrong and not good enough.  And then I realized that the winter depression got me more than I thought this year.  I didn’t spiral down, but it still has its grip in ways I can’t control as much as I would like to.

But it is okay, God sees me and my crazy brain and sees that I am trying to give it to Him.  And no matter what He sees me as holy and pleasing.  He will transform my mind and renew me.  He will help me discern what is real and what my brain is making up.  He will lead me to what is good, pleasing, and acceptable.

And this is true for all of us.  He sees us all as wholes.  Holy.  Pleasing to Him.  He wants to transform us–free us of our sin, fill us with His love.  Shine through us with His glory.  Change all the crazy colors to His pleasing colors–a rainbow of promises that He keeps.

Today I pray we are all transformed by God’s loving grace.

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