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Don’t Be A Square

Don’t Be A Square

Do not conform 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)

Have you ever seen a square watermelon? Farmers in Japan introduced square watermelons to the fruit-buying public. Some twenty years ago, a farmer from Zentsuji came up with the idea of making cube shaped watermelon, solving several inherent problems of traditionally shaped watermelons. One common problem was storage, the difficulty encountered in fitting large, round watermelons in the refrigerator. They are also hard to slice when they are rolling all over the place. The farmer achieved his cubed results by growing the melons in glass boxes. The fruit simply assumed the same shape.

In Romans 12:2, Paul instructed us not to “conform any longer to the pattern of this world.” It’s a struggle. Do you ever feel there is a glass cube pressing around your life? From birth, we are set on a course to ensure we will fit right into the masses. Rows of cookie-cutter houses, everyone working nine-to-five jobs to pay for the things the media says we need.

Take a closer look at yourself. God made each of us with unique characteristics, abilities, dreams and aspirations. Are you following those dreams and using those abilities, or have you been squeezed into a glass mold that society has hoisted on you? We have been told that our desire should be practical, the longing of our hearts are ridiculous. We are tempted to conform. But it was the Creator who placed in each of us a passion. He didn’t place it there for it to be denied. But as long as we continue to take our cues from culture, we won’t explore. We won’t follow our design.

Dig Deeper:

Take stock of your God-given passions. Ask yourself, “What would I be doing if I knew I couldn’t fail?” Read Psalm 139:1-6. Think about your answer in light of the verses you read.


Thank You, Lord, for ordering every step of my life. Help me to step into my passion and become the person You created me to be.

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