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Don’t Fret: It’s All Beneath You Anyway

Don’t Fret: It’s All Beneath You Anyway

It’s too easy to drift in the oceans of stress, fear and hatred floating in today’s waters. If you’re not careful, you’ll drown. Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is where it’s at — because it isn’t. You don’t need to stress, worry or fret – nothing down here can harm you because it’s all beneath you anyway.

Reign in your mind and heart and you’ll be just fine. Even a brief look at four sentences can change your life forever, and move you forward, where you need to be. Head space – and heart treasures – matter immensely.

These four sentences will set you free – and keep you living free – if only you’re willing to own them. Here they are, in all their glorious power, especially for you:

“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. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” — Colossians 3:1-4 (NIV)

When you give your life to Christ, you die to yourself – and are supernaturally raised with him in victory. What this means is that you are no longer to follow the standards and interests before knowing him. Once you accept Christ, you follow whatever interests him – not yourself, not others, and nothing in this world. All of the opinions and things that used to consume your time and energy are now beneath you. That’s the way you are now supposed to live. The only opinion and agenda that now matters is that of Jesus Christ. If you aren’t living this way, you’re missing out.

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HEART AND MIND SHAPE EVERYTHING

Pay more attention to what you think and treasure. The only opinions of people that matter are those whose minds and hearts are set on God’s perspective. Those are the kinds of friends and friendships you need and want. They’ll help you become the very best version of you possible.

Your life, job, every relationship, and your use of financial and material resources – everything about you – will be directly impacted by real faith in Jesus. If your faith is real, then you need to live each day as if everything that’s at odds with Christ and his agenda is beneath you.

How are you doing? Have you been thinking this is where it’s at? It isn’t at all. I’d love to hear from YOU.

THINK. PRAY. LIVE: LORD GOD, please help me to put my entire life in your hands, with your perspective. Help me to live like the things down here really are beneath me – because they really are.

Moving Forward or Merely Moving?

Moving Forward or Merely Moving?

It’s a good thing my son and I are on great terms. His biceps look like chiseled baseballs – and his back resembles an increasingly perfect “V” – and he’s only fourteen years of age. Earlier this year he beat me in arm wrestling for the first time – with an ear-to-ear grin on his face. (Don’t worry, I’m planning my glorious comeback). Two things have bitten him: working out and hunting. He is focused, passionate and living on purpose. And, just like my younger son, he has injected me with massive amounts of motivation. Have you mistaken mere movement with moving forward?

He recently approached me, an uncomfortable look on his face. “Dad,” he began, “my back hurts.”

Knowing he does push-ups every other day, and seeing the pain on his face, I probed, “How many pushups are you up to now?

“Two hundred,” he answered.

Two hundred?” Are you kidding me? I’m positive I’ve never done two hundred pushups in an entire month. “You might want to cut that down in half, to give your body a rest, so it can catch up with you.”

As we move forward, we sometimes move backward. Have you mistaken motion for progress?

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I then made the mistake of asking him about his newly started pull-up regimen. “How about your pull-ups? How many of those are you doing?”

“I’m shooting for 60, but I’m not there yet.” He’s inching toward his goal. I’m confident he’ll get there – and probably surpass it.

My son’s focus, passion and purpose are contagious – and they remind me that these things are not merely good; they are great. There will come a day when his focus, like his workouts, will peak – and then he may struggle to find what came so naturally in youth. He may mistake busyness for progress, activity for success, and volume for value. Don’t we often do so?

 

ASK YOURSELF

As we move forward, we sometimes move backward. How fast are you moving – and have you mistaken motion for progress? Has the focus you once had diminished? Are you missing the kind of focus, passion and purpose you need, to not only get you moving, but moving toward what matters most?

Focus and passion in one area of life can move us forward in every area. They create a sense of purpose. To get yourself moving, take a look at your focus. Make sure your interests are not divided.

THINK. PRAY. LIVE: LORD GOD, please help me to focus on the things that really matter, and to let the things that don’t matter fade from my attention span. Don’t let me waste energy, time, or money on things that will take away my focus and diminish my passion and impact. Most of all, help me to be focused on, and passionate for, You.

Heroes and Underdogs #8: Yes, You Really Can Walk With God

Are your morning and evening routines negatively impacting the rest of your life? You can change your entire life by fine-tuning (or perhaps overhauling) your morning and evening routines. Maybe it’s time you make changes in your morning and evening routines so that your entire life goes to the next level — literally. 

Heroes and Underdogs #7: God Takes No Prisoners – Neither Should You

Is there something in your past that haunts and taunts you? It’s time to set yourself, and others, free! What if we told you that you don’t have to hold on to your past in order to be used powerfully by God in the present? What we told you that the most powerful thing you can do for someone is to let them go? This message will help you let go of the past so you can enjoy the present and positively shape the future.

Heroes and Underdogs #6: To Help People Fly, Go Into Orbit

No matter who you are, you can become a better leader. If you can achieve your vision by yourself, your vision is probably too small — but when you work wisely with others, you go to a completely new level. What do great leaders do to inspire their followers? How do good teams become GREAT? This message will show you a big secret that will take your leadership to a new level.

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