Happy Sunday! In today’s “Scripture Sunday” I’m sharing a verse that has been sitting on my heart lately and it really speaks to me both as a high schooler and just as a human being. As usual, if you’re offended by the Christian religion for whatever reason, please feel free to scroll past and read some of my other recent posts. I hope you find today’s Scripture as enlightening and comforting as I do!
Romans 12:2; And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Ah, summer. This wonderful season comes with freedom of academic-related responsibility and in some high school students’ situations, also of their parents’ rules. In this age of constant updates on Snapchat stories and Instagram posts, even if you weren’t at the party, or even friends with the people at the party, we still know everything that went down. I, as a rising junior, have been seeing these things more than ever recently. Over the past few weeks, suddenly my social media feeds have been carrying more dark shots of my peers with red solo cups or puffs of smoke than ever. I’m certainly not their mom and I’m trying to stop myself from judging others, so I try to just scroll past these posts, but lately they’ve been hitting me harder and harder. I’m scared for myself as well as my friends, my age and younger, and what we will be and already are facing. This is the time of peer pressure that we’ve been warned about since Red Ribbon Week in first grade. When I first came to the high school, this was just stuff the juniors and seniors did, but now suddenly we’re the juniors and seniors.
Recently, during a Bible study, one of my YoungLife leaders shared Romans 12:2 with me and a few of my close friends. This verse seems so insanely applicable to high school students, it’s almost as if it was written specifically for us. The verse starts “And do not be conformed to this world,” which basically means don’t sacrifice yourself to fit the societal norm. In some translations, this part of the verse even says “Do not act like the sinful people of the world” or “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world.” If you ask me, Paul is literally saying “don’t give into peer pressure.” The verse continues to say “but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,” which I honestly didn’t understand until it was explained to me. This means that you should continue to read the Bible and learn from God, continue to let yourself be transformed by Him. Lastly, the verse says “that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” If we turn away from the peer pressures and bad decisions I described and focus on our transformation through God, we will prove God’s perfect will for us to those around us. We can lead the way of pure joy and good life for our peers. This gives me so much comfort in times where I feel alone in my desire to stay away from these bad things in high school. It reminds me that the little things people might think of me socially because of my resistance will ultimately pay off.
This week, take some time to think about what the bad things in the world are for you, there’s certainly more negative going on in this world than just the high school parties I described. Try to set aside time to spend in Scripture so you can learn and be transformed by God. We can change our schools, our workplaces, and our cities by leading the way to God’s good and perfect will.
Thanks for reading! Have a blessed week! Read my previous “Scripture Sunday” posts here.