Carol Round on Set Your Heart on Things Above

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your heart 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 (NIV).

“O Lord,” I cried out, “be with him in this heat. And Lord, if He doesn’t know you personally, please place someone in his path who can lead him to You.”

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My prayers were for a man who was striding across the bank’s parking lot toward a large grocery store. What stirred my heart to pray for him was the heavy backpack he was toting and the sweat pouring down his face. In my heart, I was almost certain he was homeless.

As I drove away from the bank, I thought about the backpack weighing him down in the triple-digit heat. Was he toting all his worldly possessions with him? What was his story? Why was he out in the daytime heat? Where was he headed?

Where Our Heart Leads Us

Our hearts can lead us astray when we value worldly things over a relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s so easy to be seduced by today’s latest gadgets which can distract us from a simple life lived for Him.

While I confess to owning a smartphone, I desire a simpler life. I avoid downloading apps that waste my time and money. Even then, I can still get caught up in time-wasting videos and posts on social media if I’m not careful.

But it’s not just new gadgets that can lead us down the path of worldliness. We’re constantly bombarded with commercials and advertisements enticing us to spend our money on things we don’t need.

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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Carol Round

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