Colossians 3:2 (NIV)
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
My day is already filled up and it hasn’t even begun yet. The car needs to be washed and vacuumed out and there’s an important NBA game on at 6. The kitchen faucet is dripping indicating a leak somewhere and a possible trip to the hardware store. It’s time again to clean out the garage and there are some things that need to be returned at the mall. Oh and yes if there’s time the wind has blown the back patio full of leaves and it needs to be swept again.
Sometimes it seems like we just go from one day to the next filling up every moment with so many “pressing” matters. Life goes flying by and we get caught up in its whirlwind and all too often the first things to go are the very things that keep us focused on eternal matters. Things like spending time with our heavenly Father.
The truth is that even Jesus would occasionally slip away from the crowds or the business of His life to spend time with His Father. So if even Jesus needed time with the Father then I suspect I do too. It’s one thing that helps me set my mind on things above.
Sure, getting the garage cleaned is important and so is the NBA game but sometimes all of these important things can swallow up a whole day. Sometimes I get to the end of the day and realize that I haven’t even talked to my heavenly Father and I know I need that to get my perspective realigned. So today I’m resolved to spend some time with God and get my thoughts on things above before the business begins.
Luke 5:16 (NIV)
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.