Part of this World
Written by Leanna Westerhof. Media by Kayla Morton.
Maybe when you saw the title of this article you thought about “The Little Mermaid” and the song Ariel sings regarding her desire to be part of Prince Eric’s world. It strikes a chord in all of us, doesn’t it? Whether you want to get out of Greenville and go on an adventure, or perhaps be part of someone special’s world (wink, wink), in some way, we can all connect with this song. However there a few key questions you need to ask yourself when you think about wanting to become a part of a someone else’s world.
1. What does the Bible say about becoming part of this world?
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:15-17 (ESV)
God created us to be stewards of this world and to take joy in His creation. However, how much is too much? Is watching “Deadpool,” inappropriate for people who call themselves “Christians?”
Is listening to music with cuss words or unchristian themes, not Christlike? Where is the line? I would say it depends on the person; you need to look inside yourself and decide where your line is. Do you have a tendency to cuss? Perhaps you shouldn’t be listening to music with cuss words. Do you struggle with lust? Try your best to censor what movies or television shows you watch. You must determine what your stumbling block is and come up with a strategy.
Romans 14:21 states, “It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.” (ESV)
But, you also have to keep in mind your brother/sisters in Christ and what their stumbling blocks are. If a certain choice would put a friend or family member in a situation of temptation or struggle, then in love for that person, avoid it!
2. What are you truly looking for? Why aren’t you satisfied with your life?
If you are unsatisfied with your life and want to be “part of a different world”, obviously you are seeking something you don’t have. What is that? It is essential to spend some time soul searching in order to figure out what you want out of your life. However, don’t forget to ask yourself, “What does God want for my life?” Maybe you are still figuring it out. This is what college life is all about: It is about transition and finding your identity in God and in yourself. Just be careful not to define yourself by the world’s standards because they are not God’s standards.
3. How can you be part of the world you are living in right now?
Disillusioned with the life you’re living? Classes and work and friends are not filling the void you feel inside? Turn to God, seek Him and ask Him these questions. You can find your passion right here in Greenville. Don’t be afraid to dream big. Volunteer somewhere, get involved in a club or take up a hobby. Commit to every action with purpose. Find your own adventure right here in Greenville, Ill.