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on May 1, 2012

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2, NKJV)

      Last night I got back into bed after an early morning bathroom run and got a sharp pain in my side. One of my ribs slid and it really hurt. For some reason that made me think about werewolves. (Probably because I watched An American Werewolf in London the other day) But it got me thinking about how painful that kind of transformation would be if my rib wiggling around hurt as much as it did.  Then I got to thinking about how every day we put ourselves through transformations that are every bit as painful but we don’t give them a second thought.

          How many times each day do we cram our Christian beliefs into a form that will be pleasing to the world? Think this doesn’t hurt? How’s your life? Is it as joy-filled and meaningful as you would like? How are your relationships? If we aren’t living authentically, we can’t expect our lives to be what we want them to. We can’t be transforming into world-wolves every day and then wonder why we are living in pain.

        So what does it take to live an authentic life? First of all it takes courage. Some people aren’t going to like you as much anymore. They will be offended by what you say and do. They may feel you are being fake (how ironic is that?). It also takes knowledge. You have to know what you believe. The only way to get this is through the third requirement: time. You have to spend time with God. You have to spend time with Christians more experienced than you. You have to spend time with yourself. I am sure there are other requirements but, for me, these are the biggies.

            Our transformation into a Christian is not painless, but living in that transformed state is a whole lot less painful than continuing to try to live a double life. We need to decide what kind of person we want to be and stick with it. No more world-wolf for me. Eventually. I know I have a long way to go. But admitting you have a problem is the first step, right?


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