Hey Y’all, It’s Monday!

mondaysHey y’all, it’s Monday.  Yep, all day long.  Monday.  The entire day.

So, what are we gonna do with it? What will do about it?  How will we handle it?

Well, this week, it starts now. And it starts with our attitude. It starts with how we choose to look at things. It starts with what our mentality is. We can choose today to only see the problems, the issues, the worst.

Or.

We can choose to today to look for the positive. The good.  The hopeful.  The joyous. The life giving.

Today, we can choose. We can choose what Monday will be like. We can choose what this week will be like.  It’s our choice.  What will we do?  Listen to the words of Paul today in Romans 8:6-8:

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Set you mind on the spirit.  On the things of God.  On what matters, what is good, what is holy, what matters.

This week is wide open ahead of you. Full of potential. Full of hope. Full of what is good.

What will you do with it?  Where is your mind today?

Focus on the good.  On the spirit.  On the holy. Focus on that.

And see what God does with it!

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New and Improved

image.w174h200f3Paul talks a lot in scripture of being a new creation. How we are new in Christ. How the old is done away with, the old is gone, the old man is dead.

The new man is raised up with Christ!

And that’s awesome. But most days, it doesn’t feel that way for me. Most days it still feels like I battle the same old things. Face the same old struggles. Fight the same old fights.

I know that I’m new in Christ. That’s what the Bible tells me. But, a lot of days, I just don’t feel it.

Listen to Paul’s reminder today in Colossians 3:1-4:

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Our lives are hidden in Christ. Our lives are with Him. How then, do we know that, live that, see that, experience that? We seek the things that are above. We set our minds on things that are above. We focus on what is good. What is pure. What is holy.

Where is your mind today?

Where does it drift today?

Where is your focus today?

Today, as we do our best to be the new creation that God has created us to be, we have to set our minds on things that are above. Where ever mind is, where ever our focus is, that’s where we will go.

Today, you are a new creation. You are His, and He is yours. Set your mind on Him. Focus on Him. Live in His power and His life.

And He will be the one making you a new creation.

Set your mind on things above. And be obedient to where it is that He is leading you. He will make you new.

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Where is Your Mind?

When I played football a million years ago, I was prone to let my mind wander.

I would be thinking lots of things, other than what I was supposed to be thinking about. And, it would usually end with my coaching yelling at me!

In our lives, our minds can wander. We can have our minds thinking about so many other things. So much distracts us.  So much calls to our attention. So much tries to steal our thoughts and our minds.

And this is dangerous.  For where our minds are determines our actions a lot.

When my mind was not in the right place, I wasn’t able to be the football player that I needed to be.  I wasn’t able to play the way I needed to play

When our minds are not on the things of God, we will not be able to serve Him as we ought.

Listen to Paul today:

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Paul says to focus on what is good and true. And that will help us to live as God wants us to live.

That will help us to have the perspective. That will help us to be as God wants us to be.  That will help us to focus, love, and live what God wants.

So, today, where is your mind?  What are you thinking about you?  What are you focusing on?

Is your mind on God?  Or other things?

Will you think on what is good, noble, and pure?  Or what is wrong?  negative?

Will you look for the best in others?  Or the worst?

Will you see the positive? Or the negative?

Today, where is your mind?