Things Above

Oh, how dirty and dusty our world is. I'm sure that's not news to you. All you have to do is turn on the news or look to social media to see the evidence. It's full of darkness, filth, and muck. We so often get stuck in it, as if we wandered unknowingly into quicksand that's pulling us ever deeper into the pit of discouragement and disillusionment. But what if we were to focus on something besides the messy world under our feet? Yes, of course, we need to acknowledge it and move within it, doing our part to clean it up and care for it the way it desperately needs. But we don't have to let it steal our hope. We don't have to dwell on it any more than is necessary. We don't have to limit our sight to the visible things at our fingertips.

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. - Colossians 3:2

Finally, brothers and sisters, 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. - Philippians 4:8

We get the great privilege of living in light of God's promise for redemption and restoration. We get to walk lightly, knowing that the things we're seeing and suffering are small in comparison to what's ahead, and they're building an immeasurably great future. Our hope does not rest in the things of this world. And I, for one, am grateful for that more and more. God is moving, doing things that are far greater than what we could imagine in our wildest dreams.

No matter what's going wrong in our personal lives or in the world at large, there are still good things. We've all been blessed, even if our struggles sometimes overshadow our blessings.

But when we take a step back and acknowledge that we have been given so very much for which we ought to be thankful, we catch a glimpse of eternity. Here we have blessings in the midst of pain and sorrow; one day all those things will be wiped away and only the good will remain. I believe that those of us who hold on to that hope and intentionally look up in the middle of our battles toward the One who is fighting for us and with us will be the ones who truly live their lives to the fullest and taste the joy of victory in the end.

So I hope we can take just a moment today to take a break from our striving and look up from the dirt around our feet to see the bright light from above and remember that things are not always as they appear. May we not let our eyes deceive us into thinking that we were made to live dull lives centered around the comings and goings of this life. Instead we're given a hope for a future far greater than our present, along with an ability to rise above our circumstances and choose to hold on to that hope even when nothing around us makes sense.

Instead of keeping our eyes trained on the ground beneath us, I hope we remember Who and what we were made for. May we continue to look up from time to time to keep our perspective and continue to live like love.