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

Have you ever done something in life or conduct yourself in a certain way and not have definitive words as to why you do it, it’s just a way of being? I was thinking about putting a definition to how I have conducted myself over the years.  My mother says that I have guards up and maybe I do; I would prefer to say that I try to filter out things in my life and mind that makes for unhappiness and contrary to the fruits of the spirit. People, places and situations. The Bible tells us to think on good things.  How can you begin to think about good things and be transformed by the renewing of your mind when you have people places and things in your life that you need to filter out? So, you can live your best life and recognize what God has for you. Now, of course, we cannot avoid everything and everyone, that is why scripture reminds us to put on the full armor of God so that you might be equipped to do battle. In this life, there are landmines strategically placed, I suggest that you do not avoid them but go through them with God; so that you will obtain the victory.  Ultimately, the battle is not yours but when possible, filter out any and everything that is contrary to your peace. I find that people associate with individuals who upset their peace and joy daily and you cannot figure out who you are. You allow yourself to be misled by someone you think is relevant to your world. So much talking and not enough listening to the spirit of God. Why would you have a friend or an associate that wants to control you, that’s not friendship. Let us continue to be transformed by the renewing of our minds so that we will be able to know what Gods will is for our lives.  The text says his good, pleasing and perfect will for your life. Remain encourage God bless.