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Transformation or Conformation? August 6 Inspiration

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Transformation or Conformation? Well, personally, I’m waiting for summer to transform or transition into fall–my favorite season! After a few low humidity, very pleasant days, our Saturday in Maine  has been VERY humid, in the high 80s but FEELS like high 90s! I don’t mind bright, sunny, warm days…but I can do without the hot and humid weather! I’m not one to conform or go along with those who LOVE hot summers.

 

 

So here is your Saturday inspiration — have a nice day and be blessed! 🙂

 

“God’s will for you is transformation,

which takes place from the inside out…

not conformation, which is someone’s external,

superficial idea of what you should be;

nor your own efforts to conform

to their ideas, expectations, and demands.

Most people think you should do

what they are doing–

that you should be a part of their plans.

This is wonderful if God agrees,

but when God says no, we must say no also.

In this quiet moment,

determine that you will not be conformed

to the wishes of your friends and relatives,

but that you will be transformed

and led by the Spirit of God.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”

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My reflections:

 

This is such an important differentiation. Allow God to change us from the inside, rather than cave in and make changes because of pressure from other people–or even from our own self-imposed pressure of what we THINK we’re supposed to do or be, based on wanting to please other people.

 

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

 

Have you experienced pressure to conform to the wishes of other people?

 

Do you like the idea of transformation instead?

 

6 Comments

  1. Julie Corbett

    I completely agree. Transformation and subsequent growth are vital to a happy and healthy existence. I think we have to be open to change and willing to change. I don’t believe God wants us to be mindlessly stagnant. There are always challenges and obstacles before us and real growth comes from crawling over and not around.

    07 . Aug . 2016
  2. Anthea O'Neill

    This is such a great lesson! I am also accepting that people who are comfortable will be less than encouraging when you change.

    07 . Aug . 2016
  3. Helen Collier

    Many years ago I was making changes in my relationships particularly the one with my mum which had had its struggles. I remember warning her that I was making changes and I didn’t know what effect this would have on us – I wanted to get to know her person to person free of the label ‘Mum and Daughter’with all that entailed. Our relationship changed for the better.

    07 . Aug . 2016
  4. Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor

    Change is continuous and will happen whether we like it or not

    07 . Aug . 2016
  5. Sandy KS

    I have felt the pressure to conform to other people wishes. I learned it really doesn’t matter. As those peopel will bad talk me no matter if I conform to their ways or not.

    08 . Aug . 2016
  6. Alana

    I think, as we grow older, many of us start to be more true to ourselves than to the roles others try to assign to us. But, in family relationships, those roles are hard to reverse. Change isn’t well received. But, it is necessary to make these changes.

    08 . Aug . 2016

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