“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson was hardly a Christian, but he was undoubtedly one of the greatest intellectuals of his day. I am fascinated by this quote of his especially because it parallels what the Christian walk is to be like. Romans 12:2 declares, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Every day is a constant bombardment of instant media, SMS, and information that tugs at us and pulls us in different directions. We are sometimes at the mercy of what the culture sells us. The teaching of Paul by the Holy Spirit
encouraged commanded the Christian to be different. Don’t just accept everything, but be transformed by reading the Word of God and then discern what is right from there. Emerson would say this is not easy to do, hence why it is the “greatest accomplishment,” but we have the Word of God and the Holy Spirit leading and guiding us to do so. If we want to get deeper, Emerson is really suggesting not to allow others and circumstances to change you and who you are; the command from Paul for Christians though is not to be yourself, but as Jesus said to deny yourself. I encourage all of you, including myself, to try reading through the Bible more diligently and actually putting to the test what it teaches, allowing it to shape and form our lives.