“Do not conform any longer 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)
This Bible verse reminds us to renew our minds and to not ignore God’s true will for us by striving aimlessly to be the same as others.
I remember that by the time my daughter was four years old, she had already taken four enrichment classes. However, when I chatted with other parents and learned that their children were taking many more classes, my heart became troubled by the thought that my daughter would lag behind and be at a disadvantage without a good head start in life. Then after much prayer, and after evaluating our ability to afford all these classes and the schedule they would set for my daughter, my husband and I decided to cut back on her classes to two so that she could have more free time to read and for herself in general.
Another struggle came when my daughter was in high school and wanted to join a youth symphony orchestra outside of school. We certainly understood that it would be a valuable experience for her and also that it would look good on her college applications. However, the orchestra practice time was in the early afternoon on Sundays, and we knew that it would deeply affect our family’s time of worship. After fervently praying about the decision, we chose to put God first and let go of the opportunity to join the orchestra. My daughter is now a sophomore in college and is so blessed that she lacks nothing in her academic endeavors.
We learned that by leaning on God, we are able to resist the pressure from all sides and experience His wonderful provision. Thank God for such a precious lesson in our lives.
- What kind of peer pressure you are facing now that is pushing you to strive to be like others?
- What are the decisions you have to make now for which you need to seek God’s will first instead of following other people’s standards?
Written by Michelle Lam. Artwork by Carol Li