A Butterfly's Lesson

Read Jeremiah 18: 1-6

Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience hos his ways will really satisfy you. Romans 12: 2 (TLB)

Carolina Maia Faria comes from Minas Gerais, Brazil. Once she had the opportunity to visit a butterfly garden where she saw a variety of species of butterflies with their beautiful various stages of color and differing sizes. She thought about the various stages through which these insects must pass to reach adulthood and become butterflies.

As she meditated on this image, Carolina stopped to think about our spiritual life. We too must experience transformation in order to renew ourselves, to grow, and to share our faith with others by showing what God does in our lives. As followers of Jesus we become "the light of the world" and the "salt of the earth." (See Matt. 5:13-14.) Our words and actions are transformed!

And how do we experience such a transformation? Through a life of intimacy with God - by reading God's word, by praying, and by serving in Jesus' name. Just as nature renews itself every season, our spiritual life will be renewed when we follow the way of Christ.

Prayer: Transform us, Lord! Search us and change our whole being, giving us a new and sanctified life, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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