A convent is a facility where woman seek refuge from the ways of the world. This building serves as a refuge, a place where individuals attempt to devote their lives to prayer, reading the Bible and service. While Hollywood has their own ideas from films such as Sister Act and the Sound of Music, convents provide a setting which goes against conventional thinking.
Unfortunately, worldly thinking has infiltrated the church, causing believers to have selfish thoughts. When members of a congregation expect pastors, priests and teachers to do this or that because this is what they are paid to do, they are missing the point. The apostle Paul reminds followers that the church is one body with many parts, 1 Corinthians 12:1-6. The Bible clearly goes against the flow, suggesting you might be the only Jesus someone might ever encounter, Matthew 5:13-16.
Thus, after experiencing joy earlier in the week, I have found myself in a battle between complacency and conventional thinking. Tired of leading this and that, I indulged in laziness, sitting along the sidelines this weekend. Although pop culture may applaud me for taking a break, my heart was convicted by sins of omission. Whenever idleness lulls you into a false sense of security, guard your heart and protect your mind, 1 Thessalonians 5:4-8. When you arm yourself with Scripture, conventional thinking will be a thing of the past, replaced by a Mother Teresa like faith.
by Jay Mankus