The world is a tough place. I don’t need to convince you of that. There are significant and real terrorist threats around the world today; these are poignant reminders to be vigilant. This September 11th was the first year we really had an in depth conversation with our oldest son, who is 10 years old. Watching video of the events that took place 13 years ago are quite fresh to all of us who watched it unfold that day and tough to explain to a child. There is something in us that still cannot comprehend the evil that needs to be present in a life to intentionally target innocent people. It rattles us and brings out emotions that are not able to be adequately described.
Terrorism is a insurmountable challenge in the world today. Peace is hard to come by. But most people don’t walk around worrying about what ISIS is doing or whether or not we will be attacked by some outside group today. What is on most people’s minds everyday is daily life. The kids are sick, the dog ran away, the car won’t start and the mortgage is due. The battle that most people are facing is an internal one that constantly nags at us about inadequacy or frustration over missed opportunities. Of course it seems like there is always some other unforeseen situation that comes up, especially during a busy week. How do we keep our minds in the right place?
“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.” – Colossians 3:1-2
Why do I set my mind on things above? Because Jesus Christ is there and He is greater than all I will face today. I need to think above because it is the only hope I have.
We were driving back from somewhere recently and my daughter, who is almost 3 years old now, was singing the song “Give me your eyes” by Brandon Heath. “Give me your eyes for just one second. Give me your eyes so I can see. Everything that I keep missing. Give me your heart for humanity” She had no idea what she was signing, but it brought me back to where I need to be. There are plenty of places for our mind to dwell. There are plenty of selfish priorities that I have each day. Keeping my mind above will keep my mind off of my own problems and position me to do all that God might have for me to do so I don’t miss out. Thinking above might allow me to love someone today that I might have otherwise ignored. Thinking above might position me in a place that will allow the love of Christ to be shown through me to my neighbors and community.
Today is Monday. While that might not be great news for you, maybe what can make it better is a perspective that keeps Jesus in view and your position with Him. I guess we just need to keep our eyes in the right place and maybe keep asking God for His eyes. What a difference we could make if we set our hearts and minds on heavenly things where Jesus Christ is.