"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith."
I love this. :) It strikes me today as such good advice for getting through the day... any day. :) Instead of trying to conform, and be more like the world and the people around us, we need to be transformed. I think that we work on conforming a lot. We work on understanding what it is that other people want, and try to be that person or think that way too... because it will take us farther socially, or at work, or at school, or wherever. We want to fit in, to be approved of, and to be appreciated. And that isn't necessarily bad, of course. But how much better would our lives be if we looked to fit into God's puzzle rather than the world's?
And then, as a follow up to that, I think God wants to make sure that we don't go all rogue puzzle piece on him and try to make our own puzzle. :) It's awesome to work on God's plan, but part of that plan is also working with and loving, and fitting in with the people around us. Not conformity the way we were trying it the first time, but transformity... not just changing ourselves individually and lording it over the whole puzzle box, but transforming ourselves and working on influencing the world and the people around us to be better and closer to fitting into that perfect picture of Zion.