Monday is ‘quote’ day…

Do not conform to the standards of the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2

There’s something about a Monday that makes most people look for a spring in their step, or something to ponder to set them up for the week.

I plan therefore to use each Monday to share one of my favourite quotes with you, and reflect a little on its meaning.

Today to kick things off, I’ve chosen my favourite section of St. Paul’s letter to the Romans. As virtually everything around us in the media tells us to conform, I love this declaration – don’t conform to the standards of the world. Renew your mind, and think about what is good. We live our lives constantly bombarded by other people telling us what we should do or think, or how we should fit in. Our media attempts to sell us a lifestyle that we should aspire to, or worse still, be in debt in order to realise. We need to think for ourselves, and question whether what the world suggests we do is the right path.

Fair enough – the reflection bit of the posts in future may be a bit longer! Give me a break though, eh? I haven’t been blogging for about two years!

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2 thoughts on “Monday is ‘quote’ day…”

  1. I don’t think there are many who would dispute this epistle as Paul’ greatest theological work. I like the way he takes the message from the first ten or so chapters and relates them to everyday life. Chapter 14 is one I like, talking about being non judgemental (something I admit to struggling with on a daily basis ). I think it fits well with Christ’s message in the parable of the unforgiving servant (Matthew 18). both were particularly apt for 9/11 yesterday.

    I suppose the line which resonates with me would be ‘each one should be fully convinced in his own mind’ (14:5) although some might take this as an exhortation to be risk-adverse! I understand this to say, have the courage of your own convictions…

    St Paul always offers so much food for thought. Just look at what Galatians did for Luther and the reformation. Always a good way to start the day.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Jaye, and sorry for the delay – it looks like the notifications weren’t going to an email address I monitor – oops!

      I’m certainly no biblical scholar, but what I do remember from undergraduate days were questions as to whether it was actually Paul, whether it was all the same hand, or whether it was actually addressed to the Romans! Still, I agree that it is food for thought, and a help in our everyday lives.

      Curiously, I had up my sleeve a good quote relating to 9/11, but I’m about a week behind in my planned publication schedule – it’ll appear next Monday now, but it’s still a wonderful quote, I think!

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