Have you ever had a song stuck in your head? Every once in a while, I start singing a kids’ song at work. Usually I catch myself, but then I start wondering how the song got stuck in my head. Normally, within a few minutes I realize one of my kids (or my wife) was singing the song before I left the house. It’s funny how rhythms can get stuck in our heads unintentionally.

The other day, I was listening to a sermon on Romans 12, and heard a pastor say, “when it comes to the pattern of the world, we often start singing along with the world without realizing it.” The world is singing a song—a catchy song—about life, love, happiness and contentment. If we’re not careful we could start singing along, and living the way the world tells us to live. According to Romans 12:1-2, we don’t have to be conformed to the world—to live according to the worldy rhythm sung to us daily. Instead, we can be transformed by the renewing of our minds. What does that look like? What does it mean to renew our minds? It means spending time learning God’s rhythm. Over the next few weeks, we will explore a few worldly rhythms and compare them with God’s rhythm for our lives. For now, however, consider the following question: what songs are you singing? What rhythms or patterns of the world are you following without realizing it?

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