a heavenly perspective

25 01 2008

this is a post that is more or less about nothing specific, yet about a right frame of mind with God at the forefront. i’m not sure how i in my humanness can completely understand what this looks like, but i know i haven’t even come close to arriving. my head has been spinning and turning for days now, to the extent that i’ve had to distance myself from certain people and take naps, etc. my thinking is completely convoluted and shaken, and i’m not all sure where it should be at this point in time. for some reason i’m not letting the things of God, an infinite Father, dwell on my mind, but the finite things of a broken world instead. not that i shouldn’t let this be on my mind, but it’s dominating my thoughts and i’m stuck dwelling on the mishaps and mistakes of this time and place.

my conscious is screaming for me to understand that this is not what it seems, there is a better place waiting for me down the road and in the end of days. when i think about the transgressions, the hurts, the wrongs, and the travesties that are committed all around me and by me throughout the day, i need to keep my mind set on things above. Paul writes in Colossians 3:1-2, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (NIV) because of the great sacrifice, there is no reason for me not to be living a life changed and focused on the things of the end. i like what the Message translation says when referring to this verse. It reads, “So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.

how often do i “shuffle along” with my “eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front“? it’s way to easy to lose perspective on what is truly happening in this life. we have things that grab our attention and distract us from time to time, not just in physical form, but in that they distract our thoughts and kill our spirits. we think negatively and dwell on the problems that are in existence; all the mistakes and issues that we have with people or the world. what about instead thinking about things through heavenly lenses. okay, so that can sound cheesy saying that we have to put on a sort of glasses so that we see things God’s way. but, we do have to understand that we need to see things from a “not-of-this-world” perspective. if i get caught up in thinking the way the world does, we’re going to lose it all; there’s going to be no difference in our lives, regardless of His Son’s death or not.

help me to live out the difference of Jesus’ death and resurrection and to “see things from His perspective.”

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