Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is—what is good and pleasing and mature.
So many times this text is used to point out the sins of others. After all, isn’t that what “patterns of this world” are, sins? What if that isn’t the point at all, but rather that each of us has been given a sacred path, and our command is to discern that path for ourselves, through the guidance of the divine, not bowing to the judgments of anyone or anything else. Renewing your mind through prayer and opening your heart to hear the will of God, allowing only that inner judgement, not conforming to what others tell you you should be, rather only focusing on what God tells you God will make of you.
What a beautiful world it would be if each of us focused on hearing God’s will for our own path instead of attempting to direct everyone else’s.
My prayer for you today is that you will be non conforming in your adherence to the path which only God can reveal to you. Pray will all your heart and allow God to illuminate your path. Have the wisdom to see it, the courage to take it, and the strength to follow it, against all the “patterns of the world.”