Sameness

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My husband and I want to buy newer cars. Our sixteen-year-old vehicles still run, but I think they are on borrowed time at this point. Because of COVID, I do most of my car browsing online to decide what I want. One thing struck me as I shopped, almost all the cars offered were some shade of black or white or gray. Then, as I drove around during the next few weeks, I noticed how many cars on the road followed this same color palate. I want to live life colorfully and not part of the sameness as everyone else. Maybe I will get a red car.

Sameness of Places

The more society evolves, the more it drives us towards uniformity. I really notice this fact as I travel to other countries. The sameness appears in the chain stores, fast food restaurants, and hotels that line the streets. Am I in London, Paris, or New York? Sometimes, I can’t tell the difference as I visit big, international cities’ central business districts. Globalization robs these cities of some of their uniqueness. 

“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.” 

 Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Sameness of thoughts

This rule of sameness does not just apply to places or cars. Social media tries to convince us that if our opinions differ from others, we must hate the person who shared their views. Facebook goes so far as to have fact-checkers tell us when they think we are wrong. Freedom of thought is only acceptable if we follow the masses, as demonstrated by Twitter jail when you don’t follow their ideals. 

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.” 

Ephesians 5:1 (ESV)

Oneness with Christ

Instead of trying to conform to the world, Christians are called to be like Christ. Our opinions and thoughts should match up with those found in the Word of God. We must think Biblically about everything, and we can do that by loving like Christ, thinking like Christ, and acting like Christ. But, everything must be done in love. God calls us to sameness in thought while maintaining an oneness with Him and with each other. 

‘1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.”

Philippians 2:1-2 (NIV) 

We each bring uniqueness to everything we do. We are individuals with gifts only we can deliver to the world. Christ does not call us to give that up but to bring it into line with His will and ways. As we seek to separate ourselves from worldly practices, let us strive to be of one mind with Christ.

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Prayer

My dearest Heavenly Father. Thank you for making me the way I am. Help me to seek Your ways and Your thoughts instead of following after the world. I seek only fulfillment from You because I know it will last for all eternity. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen. 

Grace and Peace to you,


Yvonne M. Morgan is a Christian author, blogger, and speaker.

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10 thoughts on “Sameness

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      The best person to become the same as. He is our perfect example. Thanks Jessica. Grace and peace to you

  1. Ava Pennington – Bible study teacher, speaker, and author of Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional.
    Ava Pennington

    Love how you juxtaposed sameness with the world and sameness (comformity) to Christ!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Ava. I appreciate your thoughts and encouragement. Grace and peace to you

  2. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    I’m been noticing this sameness and conformity as well. Thank you for drawing our attention to it. My goal is to conform to Christ’s image, his thoughts, and his ways. I hope that, if I am able to conform to anything other than my own sinful self, that I will conform more and more to be like Jesus.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I pray for that for all of us. It is so easy to find myself slipping into the patterns of this world. Thanks Melinda. I appreciate your thoughts. Grace and peace to you

  3. mimionlife – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    mimionlife

    Yes, be one with Christ. Do not conform to worldly things. Thank you for this inspirational message.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Melissa. Grace and peace to you

  4. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    Nancy E. Head

    The world strives to put us in our own groups to rival each other. Christ calls us to unity of the spirit and devotion to Him and each other. Opposite goals–as has always been the case. God bless!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Nancy. Grace and peace to you

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