Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” For too long in my Christian walk I understood this passage from a mind that was already conformed to this world. I thought, “Okay, I’ve got to continue finding out new truths in order to be renewing my mind.” But, proving what is “that good and acceptable and perfect will of God,” actually involves very little finding out of new things (at least in the traditional sense of being ‘new’). Instead, it necessarily involves retreading the ancient paths of the True, the Good, and the Beautiful: particularly in building our lives upon Scripture.
In an article entitled “DIY Parenting: The Beauty of Monotony” Kyle Rapinchuk from School of the Ozarks reminds us that repeating and retracing our steps in the truth of God – through His Word, psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, and the wisdom of those who have gone before us – is anything but monotonous. Indeed, if continually retracing that which is good, true, and beautiful is monotony, then I long for more monotony in my life and far less of the flashing lights of modernity. “For the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,” – Proverbs 6:23
I pray that Kyle’s very brief article will be as much of a blessing to your soul as it was to mine, and I eagerly look forward to continuing to go ever higher for the glory of God with you as we finish this school year well by His grace.
Excelsior ad Dei Gloriam,