Challenging thought: What is the pattern of the world that you are following?
In Romans 12, we are told to no longer conform to the pattern of the world. What is a pattern of the world? Is it just anything that is "sin" or could it be anything that is established by this world? Could it include the pattern of work without any rest, could it include instant gratification, could it even include the patterns of church expectation? I personally believe a pattern of the world is anything that does not follow God's will and purpose for your life.
I think that many of us just follow the pattern of the world and even the church, when we should be renewing our mind to discover God's good, pleasing, and perfect will (Rom. 12:2). I challenge you to continually offer your preconcieved and prefabricated ideas to God. I think He has so much more for us, but we can't see it for the patterns in which we have allowed ourselves to fall.