Life has a way of knocking us down. I’ve found this to be particularly true when life comes at me from all angles—except for the one above. This has everything to do with my focus, not God’s. While I’m busy changing hats of responsibility, the more overwhelmed I become, the more likely grumbling is to set in. Not where you can see or hear it—but in my soul. A vicious cycle ensues of dissatisfaction with the world around me, coupled with fallible humans who insist on being fallible humans. What else can we be?
One of my favorite Bible passages is 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.”
Or, as we say in the South, “Get over yourself.” This passage looks you squarely in the eye and refuses to let you blink. As soon as I redirect my mindset from the people and circumstances around me and fix my eyes only on God, life snaps back into perfect focus. My priorities become orderly. My soul is calmed.
While I’m under no illusion that life isn’t waiting around the corner to give me another swift kick in the derriere—purposeful living with my heart fixed above helps me get over myself.
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