As I write this, I am looking out at rolling hills and ancient woods. How great is our God – His is the greatness, the power and the majesty and all things come from Him!
It’s easy, I find, to become taken up with my own difficulties – circumstances that aren’t good for me, and people not behaving well towards me. But the Scriptures tell us to take a different approach: “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:2)
A friend recently told me about a woman who had been persecuted and imprisoned for her faith. This woman was put out in blizzards at temperatures of minus 20 – and yet she was thankful that the noise of the storm meant the guards could not hear her as she praised God.
Faith and perspective such as this I find challenging.
Increasingly, I am seeking ways to thank and praise God in difficult times and to try to form more Godly habits of thought – to look up, instead of down, and to trust that God can use all the circumstances of my life, good and bad, to form and mould me into a shape that is more Christlike.
I believe in this season that God is seeking people who are seeking God first. He wants to re-form our hearts, our minds and our lives. Part of this process is our deliberate cooperation with Him to focus on that which gives us a Godly perspective, to see with God’s eyes, if you will. As we choose to set our minds on things above, our minds and perspectives will be transformed to become more like the mind of Christ.
Paul gives practical advice to the Philippian church about the way to develop this mindset: “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (Phillipians 4:8) So, is it time to change your mind?