Set Your Mind on Things Above

I’m a thinker. Ask my husband and he’ll tell you I’m an over thinker. I can’t stop thinking of something until I have reached a satisfactory conclusion. Then, I neatly place all those thoughts in a box, tie it up with a pretty bow and tuck it away for safe keeping. No lose ends. Everything makes sense and is taken care of.

I want life to be like that. I don’t want unresolved issues. I want everything to make sense even if it means I cram every last loose end into that box and sit on it to make sure everything fits.

But most of the time life isn’t like that.

Things don’t make sense. Things remain unresolved. Things won’t fit into my nice and neat box even if I tried. 

I’ve got a million things floating around in my head looking to be put in a box and tied up with a pretty ribbon, but the reality is that some of those things will never find their way into a box. They will remain messy and unanswered. The more I try to cram them into a box, the more they will resist and refuse. 

So how can a person like me, who wants all things in life to be resolved and put up in a pretty box, let those things go?

Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

Stop dwelling on unanswered questions. Stop looking for resolutions. Stop trying to devise a way justice can be served. Stop trying to make sense of it all.

God is on His throne. He is working in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose. He’s in control of everything. If He needs you, He knows where He can find you.

Instead, let Christ take captive every thought and fill your mind with His promises. It’s His promises that will preserve your life.

So toss aside the box and the pretty bow. Let that be God’s gift to you in His time and in His way. 

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