"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Renewing my mind — to resemble the good, acceptable and pleasing will of God and not what is good, acceptable and pleasing to the general society — is easily one of the hardest yet most necessary decisions that I have made while deciding to live a God-centered life. I’m talking a life that is truly fashioned after His principles and standards - not one that just flirts with the idea of doing so. When you finally commit to it — there may come a point where you are feeling completely misunderstood by those around you. People will make you feel as though you are silly for doing, or not doing, the things you do. For speaking the way that you do, for believing what you do. Abstaining for sex? Prude. Speaking out of faith? You sound crazy. There may come a time where you feel as though there’s no one to turn to that can hold you spiritually accountable. Or no one to kick back and have a truly spiritually gratifying conversation with. Honestly, living by God’s Word truly is not a popular thing to do in today’s society — and definitely not within the undergraduate college culture. But, that’s okay. Once you realize God’s plan for your life, things become a bit easier and bit clearer. I much rather please God than please the world. If living a life that is honorable before God means taking the path less traveled — be it the unpopular route or any other route, I will take it. Gladly.