A NEW OUTLOOK

September 14, 2013
A New Outlook for Kayra!

A New Outlook for Kayra!

A few days ago my daughter-in-law texted me a picture of 11 month old Kayra perched on her daddy’s shoulders. A sense of awe was etched on her innocent baby face, and her eyes were bursting with wonder. She had discovered a new outlook on the world around her. Until that moment, crawling and scooting only allowed Kayra to see ankles, chair legs, closed doors, dust bunnies under the sofa and the vegetable bin of the open refrigerator. None of that is awe-inspiring. With the new perspective she had on top of Daddy’s shoulders, everything was different!

Isn’t that the way we are? We scoot along every day, seeing only what’s around us: our job, our town, our family and our issues. None of that is really awe-inspiring, and some things in our limited surroundings may even cause us boredom, disappointment, grief or pain.

There is good news! We don’t have to keep shuffling along in our limited corner of the world. We get to choose to see things from up above! We are encouraged by the apostle Paul to see our surroundings from God’s perspective. Here’s what Paul wrote to Christ followers: “So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ – that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.” (Colossians 3:1,2 from The Message)

When we allow God to lift us up and show us our circumstances from His perspective, we get a new outlook. Our surroundings may not change, but looking at them from above may cause us to be in awe as we get a glimpse of the big picture the way He sees it. Shuffling along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of me? No, thanks! I want to let my Father God lift me up, show me His perspective and let Him give me a new outlook. How about joining me?

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SEEK, SET, RENEW AND LET!

January 1, 2012

If the apostle Paul would be here in person to give us advice regarding New Year’s resolutions, maybe he would sum it up in 4 words: SEEK, SET, RENEW, LET…because he knew that what we put into our minds is very powerful! He understood that we can’t change our behavior without letting the Holy Spirit change our thoughts.

Everything we do – or don’t do – starts in our mind. We get a thought and mull it over until it shapes our behavior. So what should we focus on? Let’s see what Paul says:

SEEK: “Seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.” (Colossians 3:1)

SET: “Set your mind on things above, not on the things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2)

RENEW: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

LET: Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5)

Hmmm…I think there is a pattern here. Paul is pointing out the importance of focusing on eternity, because that is what really matters. When eternity is our focus, our behavior will change.

Unfortunately as the years go by and I look back, I’m ashamed to see how many things disturbed my mind that didn’t really matter; how many times I got caught up in trivialities and how often worry invaded my peace…because I didn’t follow the apostle Paul’s advice. I wasn’t seeking those things that are above, and I didn’t set my mind on them. I didn’t renew my mind, and I didn’t let Christ’s mind be in me.

I don’t know if you made any New Year’s resolutions, but I did…to SEEK, SET, RENEW and LET!


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