Thursday, June 18, 2015

That is SO NOT You...

 
Image "Footwear" courtesy of  Duron123/freedigitalphotos.net
Do not conform to this pattern of this world...
Romans 12:2 NIV

OKAY, I know.  

I have been talking about Romans 12 for a while now, ever since I started to memorize the chapter as my own personal goal toward a closer relationship with God.  

But, gee wiz, does God HAVE to keep taking me deeper and deeper into it so that every week I see more of the scripture coming to life before my eyes???

Today I took my daughter shoe-shopping
She absolutely hates shopping~which often makes me question how much of my DNA actually got woven into her genetic make-up, but that's a topic for another week.  
However, as much of a hatred as she has for shopping, usually she's really well-behaved while we're doing it. 
I mean, this girl has never "wanted" anything in a store before.  Literally.  If there was a toy I wanted to test out, I'd show it to her, she'd hold it, and I'd say, "Okay, time to put it back," and back it would go with no fuss or argument. 
We can leave Christmas presents wrapped and laying under the tree...we can keep birthday presents sitting for a week waiting for her birthday...she never begs, she never nags, she never asks to open them early.

She is certainly a tremendous child in her lack of concern for material things.
Today, however, there was another child in the shoe store.  A young girl; VERY young, who was not too keen on shopping for shoes neither.  She started to throw a tantrum while in the midst of trying on shoes.  My daughter seemed oblivious.  
But suddenly, she did something she has never done before.  I had her trying on dressy sandals and we narrowed it down to one pair.  Evie then said, "How come only one?"  I said, "Because your feet grow so fast that you only need one and then you'll outgrow these to get another." 
"But I want all three!!!!  I want all three!!!"  She started to shout (in a restrained, almost "recited" form).  
I said, "No, you don't.  You have never asked for that before, and I know that you really don't care.  Now, knock it off, because this isn't even like YOU."

I instantly could tell what was happening...I could tell because it was SO NOT like my daughter to do this!  She may throw fits about other things, but NEVER, EVER would she care about something like getting two or three pairs of sandals. 

So, I started to think (on the way home, after purchasing ONE pair of sandals), how many times has God said to me, "Knock it off, Tammie, this is SO NOT like you."?

How many times have I looked around me and thought, 
"How come THAT GIRL gets to _________?  
I want to be able to do that too."  
"How come THAT PERSON 
can ________________ and I can't?" 
 "I deserve this." 
 "I have earned this." 

But God has specifically instructed us, through Paul, NOT TO CONFORM.   We; through the power of the Holy Spirit, out of our love for Christ, out of our desire to spend eternity in Heaven, WE are supposed to RISE above the worldly actions and LOOK DIFFERENT than the world.
  • Turn the other cheek.
  • Act humbly.
  • Show mercy.
  • Love one another MORE than we love ourselves.
  • Give generously.
It didn't take my daughter long to snap out of her "worldly" activity and go back to being cheerful and grateful.  But, gosh, during the time when she was acting up, I just couldn't help but shake my head and think, "This is SO NOT You!!!!"

Pray:  Heavenly Father, I admit that I get caught up in the patterns of the world.  I'm so sorry; please forgive me.  I forget that I'm YOUR child and should look and act differently in order to SHOW people the face of Jesus, your son.  I want to stay in your presence so I can look more like Jesus, and less like the world.  Amen.  

~Tammie Hefty

2 comments:

  1. Love that heartfelt prayer in the end more than anything.
    Have a peaceful weekend!

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