When you’re a rebel…

…the world is just so different from you.

On a few occasions, I have stated, “I seem to be in a time of transition.”  One responded with, “Your life seems to be one of transition.”  In so many ways that’s true.

I’ve thought about what I said… I’ve thought about a few conversations I have been engaged in this week.  As I sit back and think about it this morning, is it really “transition” or should the word “morph” be used to describe this time in life.  Let’s consult Dictionary.com for a little help with the meanings.

Transition is defined as:  movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, etc., to another; change: the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

Maybe I am finally growing up and leaving my adolescence behind!?  I don’t think so!

Morph is defined as:  to be transformed.

Immediately my mind goes to Romans 12:1-2. So, turn the electronic pages with me to BibleGateway.com:

1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual[a] act of worship. 2Do 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. (NIV).

1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (Eugene Peterson, The Message).

Well, is it a state of transition or morphing?

I don’t think it really matters.  Shouldn’t a disciple of Christ be one who is changing and being challenged… one that is growing?  That’s really what’s going on… that’s the work that’s going on inside.  And sure I am changing from the inside out… I’m being transformed by the renewing of my mind.  And yes, the changes internally will show themselves externally – in some way. “Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is -his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

I’m praying about several things right now.  One of which is this concept Jason has shared with me on “coaching“.  I like the idea… sounds like I could have used some of this back in the day… I think it may be more meaningful now.

In the late 80’s, I had this white t-shirt that stated on the front, “Rebel for Jesus” in bold black letters.  See if you can find it in this video. The Altar Boys…

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