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 of life—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

"Take this world and give me You" this use to be my prayer (and still is) everyday of my sophomore year of college. I had just become a Christian and was surrounded by the world (obviously). God tells us in 1 John 2:15 " do not not love the world or the things of this world, if anyone loves the things of this world, the father is not in him" now I use to take this verse and run with it. I thought I couldn't enjoy anything in the world and only think about Jesus. What I think this verse is saying is to let Jesus tell you who you are - not the world. It's saying to let God direct your thoughts - not culture. It's saying let Him direct your future - not this world.

Something God convicted me of sophomore year of college was the fact that I was letting the culture I lived in tell me who I was. I didn't even realize it was happening. Because I wasn't actively letting Jesus tell me who I was, I ended up passively letting culture tell me who I was. If we aren't actively letting something pour into or show us our identity - something will without us even realizing it. I was letting Instagram and my friends around me tell me who I was.  The world is always changing opinions. The world is temporary. The world is harsh. The world only sees certain sides. I started seeking God and asking Him who I was. His thoughts are eternal. His thoughts are constant. God tells us we are loved, known, strong, and valued. Ask the Lord what He thinks about you today. Begin to replace the world's words with His. 

"Take this world and give me you". If I could get a tattoo, I would get this. Seek eternal things. Seek Jesus. He is lasting. My prayer for you is that you ask God who has your heart. Look at your thoughts everyday. Are they eternal? Are they of this world? Ask Jesus to invade them and turn them into His. 

- Laura Lewis