Not too long ago, my daughter got another pup. Not quite a new puppy but still a pup (maybe a toddler??) 🙂 She already has one spoiled rotten pooch and her dad and I thought two dogs was a bit much; however, as much as she loves dogs, I suppose it is a wonder she only has two!! Indeed….she is smitten with her newest “baby”!! Don’t even ask me about that coat???
Both dogs have adjusted super well. They are best of friends and everyone seems to have adapted to two dog-small space living! They’ve adapted. Assimilated. Learned to blend in. That is great for puppies and their dog mamas. But Christians are different.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” II Corinthians 5:17
As new creatures in Christ, we are called to be different. Not to assimilate, blend in or choose to adapt with the world around us. This can be a continuing challenge, especially as our world becomes more and more antagonistic towards Christians – and Christianity. How do we love those in the world – and show them the love of Christ – without becoming strange bedfellows with the world? (Yes, strange choice of language there….but it just fit with those two cute puppies!!)
The answer to that question is probably more suited to a longer than five minute post but I do believe the short answer is: renewing the mind. The key to victory with any spiritual battle or challenge always begins with a sound mind. And a sound mind comes from regular, continual filling our mind with God’s word. His promises. And truth. Surely there are practical ways to embrace being a new creature, but the wisdom, the courage and the strength to do those things will begin with renewing our minds.
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. Romans 12:2
STOP. My thoughts on the FMF prompt today: Adapt. I missed a couple posts, including last Friday’s FMF, but am glad to be writing again today. I have been working a temporary job and my hats are all to (so many amazing!) bloggers that work, mother, write books, function normally….and STILL manage to post regularly! I admire all of you! But, I am actually thrilled to have this temporary job – how God provided it and why? I plan to share about it on Tuesday. (I hope you stop by the blog again next week.) It is beyond exciting for me….and makes my heart happy. So do sweet puppy friends:)