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. Romans 12:2
The transformation by the Renewal of my mind occurred several years ago – prior to that- I looked at life as something that was happening TO me instead of FOR me. Growing up I was taught that conforming was a form of obedience; to always do as I was told. My mom used to utter “do as I say not as I do.” Took a lot of practice, though. The Golden Rule is one that teaches us that we ought to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. A little easier said than done, isn’t it? In my minds eyes, I was being mindful of that. But perplexed as to why God still was not working for me in my life.
I then realized that it was not God who wasn’t working in my life, it was me who was not allowing Him to work in mine. With that came the understanding that being IN the world but not OF the world may be a better bet. I tripped, I stumbled, I fell, repeat – a plethora of times. Until one day it finally occurred to me that if I wanted a different result in life, I must do something I’ve never done. One thing I’ve never done prior was allowing a change of MY perspective. The status quo was all I’ve ever known to be true or so I thought. As if I was a resident of Plato’s Allegory of the Caves. Like one of those members living in a cave, I only knew what was familiar to ME and considered IT to be what was TRUE for me. It was in this manner that everything I knew to be true for me must be truth for everyone else. This form of cognition remained until I decided that I must learn to be open and to allow the perspectives others to enter in. This became an outlet to what became new and infinite possibilities.
The more perspectives there are of a thing, the more I have access to the infinite possibilities of that thing. This transformation was an epiphany for me. I suddenly acquired this blessing by simply changing my perspectives. Not to say that I wasn’t staying true to myself (whatever that means) but also was no longer conforming. In this way, changing my thinking (opinions, beliefs, philosophies, etc.) or anything that confined me to believing solely in terms of external power. Our powers are within. One cannot, and I understand now how I could not evolve beyond my own finite level of understanding until I gained a new perspective. That is when I truly saw my life begin to change.