I have the deepest respect for these two women/role models. Wow. Can you imagine being invited to the Grammys and leaving early? Or winning not one but two awards and not even attending to receive them? Best believe, to be truthfully honest, I’d be dancing all out if I saw Bey or Katy Perry performing, using the classic “I just like the beat!” excuse to stay.
Mandisa states in her post, “…both times I have gone to the Grammys I have witnessed performances I wish I could erase from my memory, and yes, I fast forwarded through several performances this year; but my reason is not because of them, it’s because of me. I have been struggling with being in the world, not of it lately. I have fallen prey to the alluring pull of flesh, pride, and selfish desires quite a bit recently.” She goes on into quoting 1 John 2: 15,16,
Don’t fall in love with this corrupt world or worship the things it can offer. Those who love its corrupt ways don’t have the Father’s love living within them. All the things the world can offer to you—the allure of pleasure, the passion to have things, and the pompous sense of superiority—do not come from the Father…
Such powerful Scripture but so difficult to receive in our stubborn human heads. We tend to forget that this life is just a blink compared to all of eternity and that each day matters on how we worship and serve God, serve others, while being the best we can be. It’s incredibly hard and pressuring in today’s society to have a 1 John 2 mindset. Thankfully we have a merciful God who understands. He has seen it since the beginning of time. And He will help us overcome it.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” -Romans 12:2