1 Peter 1New International
14 As obedient children, do not
conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as
he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be
holy, because I am holy.”
Courage is not a virtue we
easily associate with day to day living but as a matter of fact, it takes
courage not to live a life of conformity. The opposite of courage is usually
thought to be cowardice, however with regards to our daily existence; the
opposite of courage is conformity. It’s a lot easier to conform than to stand
Our desires come from
experiences we have saved in our brains, this is called habits and it’s come
about through the operations of an area in our brains called the basal ganglia.
Habits operate though a cycle of trigger, craving (desire) and reward system.
To break a desire or habit, you
must identify and isolate the trigger. The habit could be as simplistic as
swapping a chocolate bar for celery or breaking drug or alcohol addiction, you
start the recovery process by identifying and the cycle and isolating the
When habits are formed, your
default position is to conform to your desires; it takes courage to interrupt
your engrained practices. It takes courage to desire to live a holy life; this
means living with the consciousness of a separation to God which requires
higher values than I previously lived by.