Something to think about on a reflective Season approaching Easter.
I do not suggest you look up these words from any perspective than from a Godly one. I was appalled to see that both shaping and transforming in our modern world are both used to mean………redefining…….altering…..changing that which was originally intended into something entirely different.
From the perspective therefore of a life surrendered to the Shepherd…….This is my challenge . What can you do in a positive and beautiful way to shape your own life or the lives of someone else into something ‘better’? Like making biscuits….(you can choose the outcome) …. with love and kindness perhaps this day and this week you could shape your attitude so that you actively CHOOSE to be kind to someone unkind to you or be generous to a mean-spirited person. What about shaping your life into a new discipline? Perhaps with exercise and prayer or more quiet and reflective still times.
From the perspective of the Divine………..Transformation can only come from WITHIN. This is an incredible work of God alone. A broken Person, A wretched life, a soul adrift in a sea of hopelessness. This is what Godly transformation is all about. Surrender…..Forgiveness………letting the circumstance of living in past and the now not define you. Letting the most important changes be internally and not externally. This is the great miracle of DIVINE GRACE. TRANSFORMATION WITHIN.
All God’s glory and beauty come from within with a surrendered life, there He delights to dwell. His visits there are frequent. His conversation sweet. His comforts refreshing. His Peace passes all understanding.
Thomas A. Kempis.
Let’s keep our focus on the valuable things in life and never settle for the less worthy.
Blessings! Grace! and Peace! to each one for the week ahead.