The Thought for the Week this week is written by Alison Speirs

by Susie Jean Sharkey

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

I have been thinking about the ways of the modern world and the requirement that we, as Christians, are required to seek something higher than simply conforming to the standards which are set by those outwith Christ.

While it’s the normal for us to consider the extreme evil of many aspects of this world, the obvious sins of violence and sexual depravity, of theft and multiple addictions, even to look at the ugliness of bitterness or jealousy or anger and to understand that it is unwise to behave in such a way, today I want to look at another aspect of worldliness where it’s misery is not so obvious.

When I look at the world of the 21st century and listen to its vocabulary I realise that words such as “stress”, “mental health problems”, “teenage suicides” are starting to dominate the media and we are required not to conform to this worldly model but to be transformed by having a new mind set which seeks the will of God and thus finds that which is good and acceptable and perfect for our lives.
Let’s pursue a simple life in Christ Jesus our Lord.