Becoming a bitter person just because you made a wrong choice at life clearly shows conformity to this world. God has called us to transform, not conform. Everytime you think you’re disadvantaged because of a worldly occurrence, then it means you’re conforming.
If you think you’re financially challenged because of the economic situation in your nation, then you’re conforming. If you think you can’t have a good life because you don’t earn enough, then you’re conforming. If you think you can’t get married because there’s a curse that keeps people from marrying in your family, then you’re conforming. If you think you can’t get a job because people who have graduated long before you are still jobless, then you’re conforming.
As believers, we have the ability to be transformed in whatever situation we may find ourselves. The situation may look like it would destroy us, but not until we transform. If you watched Power Rangers as a kid, then you’d understand what it means to transform. Each time the enemy attacked the human rangers, all they needed to do was power up and be transformed. That’s right! When you find yourself in a situation, power up your mind by the word of the Lord and be transformed. Let’s see how Apostle Paul puts it:
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
If you keep following the situation with your natural mind, you’d end up defeated. So it says be transformed by renewing your mind, so that you can prove the good, acceptable and perfect will of God. Isn’t that beautiful? Every situation challenges you to prove the will of God for your life.
I read a story of a woman popularly called “The Pioneer Woman”. I’d say she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She grew up on a golf course enjoying country club life. With big dreams, she studied journalism at the University of Southern California and planned to start a career in the city after attending law school in Chicago.
Her journey changed course when she fell in love with a rugged cowboy from Oklahoma. They married and she soon found herself living on a large ranch in the country. Her dreams of the big city life seemed impossible. But instead of feeling stuck in the middle of nowhere, working long days, she made the best of it. She fundly says, “My days are spent contending with children, removing dried manure from boots, washing jeans, and making gravy. I have no idea how I got here. But you know what? I love it!”
As she poured heart and soul into her new life, her love for writing and taking pictures never waned. She combined the two skills and directed her passion towards creating a blog about the amazing life she had been given. She once said, “The truth of the matter is that I live on an isolated cattle ranch in the middle of Oklahoma and that’s not going to change. And what I love is blogging”.
By changing her perspective, a whole new world opened up to her. Instead of longing for a life she would not have, she invited the people to her unusual world, and they responded! She now has over 4 million unique visitors a month, hosts her own TV show on the Food Network, is a New York Times best-selling author, and generates over 1 million dollars a year in advertising alone. On top of all that, Columbia Pictures has purchased the rights to one of her books to make a motion picture of her life.
Mark 16:17 says, “And these signs shall follow them that believe…”. In other words, what you believe produces signs. You can always tell what your deepest beliefs are by the signs that follow your life. So if things keep getting worse for you, then it’s most likely because you’ve believed for the worse. If you believe in the negative situations that surround you, then signs of fear and doubt may follow you. The signs that are following you about were created by what you believe. The pioneer woman believed in her dream despite the changing situation, and she came through. Even till date, she’s still making waves. You can search for her online.
I hope this has brought enlightenment to someone.
Remain ever blessed, in Jesus precious name!