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Perfect Butterflies

I was just returning from a Men’s Group Hot Dog Club and this butterfly was sitting on the bushes. Well I grabbed my cell phone and snapped a shot. I was hit by the beauty and delicacy and the detail of this creation. Then my mind went to Romans 12:1-2 where Paul wrote “do not be conformed to this world but be transformed…” (metamorphosis) HOW? “by the renewing of our Minds!” 

Here’s my thought. We sometimes forget that we are already butterflies! We struggle with how to be better butterflies, what should a butterfly do, what are the butterfly rules, or maybe if we are even a butterfly.

Butterflies never struggle with any of these issues, dare I say, they never struggle at all. Is there wind resistance, yes. Do they look for food, yes. Does it rain on them, yes. But they don’t see those things as a struggle, they see them as being part of a butterflies life.

Where am I going you ask? If we are redeemed children of God, we have the likeness of Christ within us . We have the Holy Spirit, to guide and direct us. We should not be struggling with life. Are there struggles, YES. Is there pain, YES. Yet why do we fight against these? Could it be from a selfish perspective? Could we be asking God to take away the very thing He put in our path to break us of our selfish ways?

We should be embracing what God allows in our lives, asking Him to direct us, and enjoy flying around! 

Let me ask you some questions:

◾How is God going to make you more like Him without removing the selfishness within us?

◾Why do we “Fight God” when He is trying to show us our need for Him?

◾How would you teach someone that was selfish, that they needed to be more selfless?

◾God loves you, so why wouldn’t He want you to be your very best?

◾Without God, what do you have?

◾Would you trade what you have for God?

◾Would you trade God for what you have?


◾Why do you want it?

These are all the thoughts that hit me when I saw the butterfly floating around in the air. We must come to the realization that without God, we are nothing. With God we are everything! When God redeemed you, he made a new creation, old things are passed away, behold all things are new. You are perfect in His sight! (Stop and struggle here if you need to.)

Gary Layne

About the Author

Gary is the Director of Administration of Grace Ministries International. He also serves as a counselor and conference speaker with GMI. From Air Force Technician to Air Traffic Controller, a small business owner and VP of Marketing for several companies, he has had a wealth of experience in life and business. Gary has been teaching and living God’s Word for over 20 years both here in the United States and overseas.