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Some Minnesota winter days can be rather deceptive. You wake up in the morning and look out the window to see smooth, graceful snow on the ground that looks as if it was a new container of whipped cream. You see a clear, baby blue sky and the sun shining. All looks warm and natural (except for the snow, but snow can be, as I’ve just mentioned, deceptive at times). Sometimes you get a little carried away and decide it’s safe to go outside wearing only a t-shirt, shorts and socks and find that it is barely above 0 degrees. You feel almost like an icicle. This makes me think. What kind of “life window”, if you will, am I looking through? Or rather, am I letting myself get carried away with the deceptions the world puts before me? I see and know so many Christians today who think of themselves as saved but don’t act as though they are in the least. I know those who forget about their Bibles until Sunday morning and talk to their parents as though they were slaves, or vice versa. There are  those who look out that winter window and let themselves go too far and when they step outside all they see is the good things and don’t notice that bad things have already polluted that which looks good. Christ tells us in Romans 12:2, “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.”

I’m beginning to realize that it’s been a long time since I have examined the reality of the window I am looking through. Goodness, there are so many areas of my life that need dramatic improvement. The funny thing is that most of the time I think I am perfectly okay and justified in my actions.

What does your window look like?