Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Setting My Mind on Eternity in 2016

It's 2016 and after long weeks of relaxation and fun with our families over the holidays, we are back home and ready to start this new year off right!
 
Each year, I try to chose a word to focus on for the entire year. This year, I choose eternity. My husband always talks about if we choose to have an eternal outlook on life, we wouldn't be so apt to turn to the temporal world we live in for purpose and meaning. Jesus encourages and commands us to seek the things which are above and to set our minds on things that are above, not on the earth. Why? "Because you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God."
 
I decided to start studying Colossians in-depth this morning. Since it's a letter and we normally read letters in their entirety, I read the entire (really short) letter of Colossians which is written by Paul to the church at Colossae. And in chapter three, these words were penned:
 
"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." Col. 3:1-4
 
I am not my own. You are not your own. "If then you have been raised with Christ..." That says if you claim to believe and follow Jesus having been washed clean by His blood, then you ought to seek things that are above. He isn't saying if we feel like it, or if we have nothing better to do. He isn't saying after college or you get married to do this but NOW to EVERY believer.
 
My life shouldn't be all about me because who I am in dead and it is Christ who is alive in me! Christ isn't concerned about whether my home looks like a home right out of a magazine or if I am a size 0 or 10. He isn't concerned about whether or not we are successful or rich or perfect wives or mothers. He wants our entire hearts, all or nothing. I must stop following the world and start truly following Him.
 
 
 
 
 
That is what I want in 2016. I want to set my mind on eternity in all I do, say, and think about.
 
In my friendships and relationships with family members, those who believe and those who do not.
 
In my new role as a momma starting in February.
 
In my marriage.
 
In my mind when I am prone to worry.
 
In my heart where I am prone to wander.
 
In my church family relationships, women who are younger than me and older.
 
In the way I use my money.
 
In the way I eat.
 
In the way I spend my time.
 
I want my heart and mind to be set on eternity, on Christ.
 
I can't do it alone. Left to myself, I will fail. That's why I have stopped with silly resolutions. But this, this is through the strength of His Spirit within me. I want to know God and His heart. I want to grow in Him daily. I want to see less of me and more of Him in myself and in my daily life. I want to love like He loves.
 
 I want to be a mom who is passionate about teaching the love of Christ to her child. I want to be a wife who constantly builds up and serves her husband because of the love she has for her Savior. I want to love the lost with a passion so deeply rooted in seeing them be saved from hell and oppression by a God who loves them mightily.
 
 
What do you want in 2016? 
 
 

26 comments:

  1. Yes! I love this!!! I think it is especially important in marriage. Too many people think of marriage as a short term thing, and they don't treat it as well as they should because of that.

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    1. That's so true!! I love thinking about why God put us together, why He created marriage, and how forgiveness in marriage is a huge part of why it was created! To show the beauty of the Gospel!

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  2. Oh my, I absolutely love this word and why you chose it! Have such a blessed year getting closer to God!

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    1. Thank you friend! :) I am excited as well and have already been faced with a little scenario this morning that made me realize I wasn't focusing on eternity in it so it helped me feel less mad about the tiny little problem I was facing :) hope you have an amazing year, girl!

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  3. I like your reasoning behind choosing the word eternity. I chose the word cultivate and the verse that really seemed to go with it in my reflection is John 15:2-5.

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    1. Oh, I love that word. I am going to go look up John 15 now!! Happy new year, friend!

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  4. I love this. What a fantastic word. And thanks for the reminder! Things of this earth that we seem to get so caught up in sometimes simply don't matter.

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    1. You're so right! And it's something I struggle with daily but I know that through His strength, I can overcome the temptations of this world even when they seem good and great but really aren't important!

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  5. I love this! In 2016, I want to RUN! It's my word. Yes, I call myself a runner...in the physical aspect...an average yet avid one ;-)....But for 2016 I'm "throwing off all that hinders and running the race marked out for me". I feel like He has a plan and a purpose for me, so I want to really focus on that, not look to what everyone else is doing but where He has me going!

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    1. Wow!! I so love this! I am excited for what God will do in your life as you are willing and open and ready for Him to work in and through you! Go, girl. Running beside you :)

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  6. Yes. Yes. Yes. I love this. you are going to make a great momma! I didn't pick a new word for 2016 - I am continuing with intentional - sort of. I am putting relationships before resolutions this year. I am excited to see the friendships that develop.

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    1. Intentional was my word last year so I definitely love it!! It's so important to focus on relationships in our lives especially so that they can see Jesus through us. God made community and I love that truth!

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  7. This was great. I really agree we need to think on the eternal aspects of life... It definitely helps me keep my priorities straight:)

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    1. Me too! I am the worst to be overcome by my tiny earthly problems like my home not being perfect (so not important!) but rather I should see it as a place for the Gospel to grow and be known. And so many other things I struggle with that I know keeping a heavenly perspective will help me put them in order of importance in my life!!!

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  8. mine is to have Godly reaction to life's difficulties, I chose the phrase "Louder then..." from Hillsong United song "even when it hurts (praise song)" The gist of the song if you haven't heard is to sing God's praise no matter what.

    I really like your word too. I too get caught up in the world and have to remind myself that this is not my home

    good luck

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    1. Oh yes, I LOVE that song!!! I can't remember if it's from that song but I've always loved the quote "may my faith be louder than my fears". Love what you have chosen.. blessings to you and your year, sweet friend!

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  9. Great word! It truly sums up everything we should aim for!

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    1. Yes! for sure! i struggle with this but know that through focusing on Him, it will help me care less about the things of this world so much! thanks for stopping by, Mariel! :)

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  10. Yes yes yes, friend. God will certainly be present in any and every moment! I look forward to keeping up :)

    Chels / heartnatured.com

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    1. Yay, I'm so glad! thanks for stopping by, friend :)

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  11. That's such a great outlook! It's so true that when we think about eternity, all of our earthly worries seem to shrink - so life can be so much more peaceful if we always have our minds on the eternal.

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  12. I love the word you chose for yourself: eternity! It helps so much to have an eternal perspective when you are working on your year and you so have your heart in a beautiful place. I ended up choosing "press forward" for my word of the year. I am hosting a goal link up here and this would be a great post to add if you are interested! :)

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    1. Awesome! Can't wait to check out your post!! :)

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  13. Oh gosh, Katie. This is so, so good. I think I need to meet you IRL someday for coffee. :)

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