Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
What do you spend your time thinking about? Your answer is probably a long list of hope and dreams, fleeting worries and deep concerns, hard and holy and mundane things. Maybe today you’re thinking about how challenging parenting is or how desperate you for a different career. Maybe your mind is spiraling with anxiety or you just feel numb with depression. Perhaps you’re focused on your new year goals, hoping that your hard work and planning will pay off in a particular way. Perhaps you can’t think of anything else but your physical pain.
What’s is going through your mind today, Scripture calls us to set our minds on things above, not on earthly things.
This begs the question: what is above?
Heaven. God’s full presence. His power. His throne room where He hears our prayers. The Father’s house with many rooms, which He is preparing for us right now. A place of healing. A place without tears. A place of wonder and worship. Forever love. Forever belonging.
Take a deep breath and read that list again. What would you add to it?
We don’t even need to answer the second implied question (what are earthly things?). We are keenly aware of our troubles and sorrow, the brokenness that surrounds us and wreaks havoc within us. God isn’t calling us to ignore these things or pretend they aren’t real or don’t have an immediate impact on our lives. Rather, He is inviting us to set our minds — fix our thoughts, determine our focus — on Him, despite what’s happening here on earth. Because He is where our hope and joy are.