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Q: Dear Ainsley,
Recently I have been struggling to not be like the world. I mean, I know that we aren’t supposed to be worried about what we look like or what others think of us but I keep finding myself thinking about these things. Do you have any ideas on this?
Dear Th!nk reader,
This is something I think many if us battle but also few of us realize when we are thinking about the wrong things, so great job noticing when you are messing up. You must work hard to maintain your conscience. Good work! The best thing you can do in this situation I think is to pray. Pray and ask God to help you to do this and to help you to remain set apart for him and his purposes and to remain holy. He will definitely help. Also, be sure to ask God’s forgiveness immediately after you realize when you mess up and sin. Ask him to purify and clean you; ask him to rid you from all sin. Know that this is not east and that you will fail if you try to do this alone you need God’s help. Another idea is to purpose to, when you find yourself thinking wrong things such as how your hair or clothes look, if what you are saying please people or what they think, turn you thoughts deliberately to God. Weather it is a Bible verse you are memorizing, a worship song, or even just looking for things to thank God for. Philippians 4:8 says:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Remember, it only matters what God thinks of you… not anyone else. Be pure and confident in his sight not the world. 2 Corinthians 5: 16-17 says,
So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!