I read this passage in The Message translation, and it really gave me a perspective shift. It's from Romans 12:1-2:
So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.I love that - place your everyday life before God as an offering.
And also - God wants to bring out the best in us. Unlike the culture.
Isn't that so true? Our culture just seems to drag us all down to the lowest common denominator (think reality t.v.). But God wants us to always improve and be the best we can be.