Choices….

Choices – you have an option! Whether you are playing a game, buying a car, or simply picking out clothes for the day, you have a choice on what happens next. Will you play a domino that best fits your strategy for offense, or play one as a defensive tactic? Will you buy or lease a new car, or continue to patch your old ragged, oil leaking vehicle that you bought in 1992? Will you refuse to wear white after Labor Day, or conform to the norm and follow fashion guidelines?

Despite how much we think we don’t have a choice, we have choices every day.

A good example is that old shirt that my wife hates to see me wear week after week to work. “You can’t wear that again, it’s 10 years old.” Despite my wife’s best effort to get me to be more fashion conscious, the true fact is that I CAN wear it again, and I will (against her well-intended better advice).

But Why? Not why will I wear it, but why do we sometimes think we must conform to societal accepted norms and behaviors?
As I recall, Jesus specifically objected to many of the cultural norms of the day. In fact, I’m pretty sure he wore the same garments every day, without worrying about what others might say. So WHY and HOW did our society change so much that things that we should have choices about, we now weigh in to what the world accepts before making a decision?

Another good example coming to everyone’s house soon will be during Christmas: the black Friday sales and Christmas rush to buy the most famous toy for the 2014 season. Will it be Lego Fusion? Razor Scooters? Or maybe retro-Firby? Captain America? How about Atari-4D? Will you get sucked into the mix and stand in line for hours just to make sure that your child will get that much desired Christmas list fulfilled?

I don’t know about you, but I feel myself being influenced WAY TO OFTEN by the world. I wonder, what can I DO that will change not just me, not just how others see me, but how can I influence others to stop being influenced by the world? I know, that’s probably a paradox in itself, but hopefully you understand where I’m coming from!

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2

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