Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 NLT
It’s easy to get caught up in the common behaviors and customs of our society: buying a new car when a new model you love comes out; continually upgrading to a larger, fancier home; making a lot of spontaneous purchases even though you don’t need the items. Rather than focusing on filling our lives with things that our society views as valuable, God calls us to fill them with things that he believes are valuable – love, peace, generosity, compassion, and grace, to name a few.
I recently met a man named George who is consciously choosing to resist some customs of our society for the benefit of his family. He has four kids between ages one and eight, so I was shocked when he told me that his family lives in a small condominium that does not have a yard.
“Wow, that must be hard to live in such a small space and not have a yard with that many kids,” I said.
He responded, “Actually, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Living in such close proximity to one another has made us very close. Our kids really love each other and realize that they have an amazing mother and siblings.”
George then told me some stories about the love they experience in their everyday lives; his face was glowing the entire time he spoke.
What custom or behavior of our society have you chosen to not follow and how did that decision positively impact your family and/or faith walk?