Do not be conformed to this 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 NRSV)

A shipwrecked sailor was alone on a desert island for several years. To his great relief, he spied a ship on the horizon. He built a great bonfire to catch the crew's attention. Soon the ship was dropping anchor off the little island and a small rescue boat was lowered into the water. One solitary crewman was in the rescue boat. He was carrying an armful of newspapers. "Read these," he said to the sailor, "and decide whether you want to be rescued."

Perhaps you would agree with Ogden Nash, "Progress was once a very good idea; however, it has been going on far too long."

As humorist Robert Orben says, "You have to question any period in history in which people are saying that God is dead and Elvis is alive."

Our world is not always what we want it to be, however, we don't belong to this world anyway.


Dear God, help me to make this world a better place for sharing your word, as I prepare for your heavenly kingdom. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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