Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:1-2
Just a few more days and the last of school will be here! In my mind, the last day of school is the official start of summer. While just the thought of summer is exciting, it also comes with a warning: don’t get so caught up in the activities and fun of summer that you leave Jesus behind.
You know how we are, we wear our busy badges with such pride…and the activities of summer give all the more reason why we need to not be busy but “set our minds on things above.” Otherwise, the pressing needs of the spouse, children, neighbors, friends and our busy pride will take over our lives…and hearts. With vacations to plan, cook-outs to host and attend, sports, day trip here, day trip there, Vacation Bible School, swimming lessons, family reunions, day camp, softball, exercise, and walks…and before we know it every minute is spent and there has been no worship, no time alone with God, every prayer is on the run, and I am oh so glad that I can still remember the 23rd Psalm from when I was a child.
Our loving Father gives us the key to a beautiful, wonderful summer, “SET your hearts on things above.” On purpose, deliberately, with determination point your mind and heart towards the things of heaven each and every day. Wake up giving Him praise and glory instead of mentally reviewing the many lists. Wake up declaring that this is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and glad in it. Spend time alone in prayer and The Word and then talk with Jesus all day long. Be careful to make first things, first and allow the blessings flow from His Presence.!
For some of us just the thought of a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day is pretty refreshing. But the Lord offers something better:
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord…Acts 3:19.”
Times of refreshing…Times of refreshing…Times of refreshing!
First things first, what an absolutely beautiful summer it’s going to be!