Deformity by Conformity
by Fleta R. Robinson

"Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind . . ." Romans 12:2 (NIV)

From the doorway I watched an interesting group of people. The one seated was trying to put on a pair of shoes. This was difficult because one foot was longer than the other. There stood a normal appearing person except for a huge ear, almost larger than his head. Over there was a person with an enormous mouth and tongue. Nearby someone was pointing a loooong forefinger toward another.

I awakened. Now what was that all about?? Oh well, a dream is a dream; a "nothing" that happened in my sleep--forgetaboutit.

Later in the day this odd dream came to mind. Oh now I get it, these are character deformities! People readily came to mind--she has this "deformity", he has that one . . . then quietly, gently the Still Small Voice of the Holy Spirit prompted, "And you?" oops. Reluctantly I began to assess myself as my heart knelt before the Lord.

Heavenly Father,
In Your sight am I deformed by conformity to this world's pattern? In Your eyes have I a finger that is outsized from excessive exercise of pointing out other's faults and flaws? (Please forgive me. As you well know I have so many of my own.)

In Your eyes have I an overgrown foot because of straying from Your best for me? an oversized ear, or mouth, because of what I listen to, or say, that is displeasing to You? I'm well aware one's speech reveals one's character, and that we ". . . will have to give an account on the day of judgement for every careless word . . ." Matthew 12:35b

Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name, grant the transformation, the renewing of my mind that You desire. Heal my deformities of character. My deep desire is to reflect You. My confidence is in You alone.

For Thine is the kingdom
and the power
and the glory forever. Amen.

The response was as gentle as the reprimand, ". . . set an example . . . in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV)

"Don't let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold but let God re-mold your minds from within so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all His demands, and moves toward the goal of true maturity." Romans 12:2 (Phillips)

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