This post is part of my series for Write 31 Days (writing on a prompt every day during the month of October). I may not be posting on the blog every day, but you can find an index page where all the posts in the series will be added here. The prompt today is “above.”
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:1-3 NLT)
As Christians, we are called to look up, to fix our minds on the things above, not on earthly things.
It can be hard to raise our eyes sometimes. The pressures and challenges of life can seem so important, and it’s easy to allow them to distract us from what really matters, but what a difference when we do manage to look above the chaos of life to fix our eyes on Jesus!
I’ve been challenged this week by a friend who, in the midst of an extremely difficult season, is choosing to look beyond her present circumstances. Rather than focusing on all that she has to deal with, she is constantly seeking opportunities to witness for God. Her suffering has sharpened her focus on what really matters and reminded her that so many of the things we spend our time thinking about and worrying about are not actually significant in the end.
This life is not all we have, and eternity is what matters.
It challenges me to look above – to lift my eyes above my own troubles and problems, to turn from focusing on myself to look to the true reality. It reminds me that we need that focus to sustain us and to keep us going as we journey with God.
“Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT)
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