I am under deadline…and on vacation (my goal was not to make those two overlap, but alas! We were hit by sickness, so I now get to finish my book at the beach.) So in short, you’re getting some short-and-sweet musings today.
One thing I’m doing in September is going through some Spiritual Formation exercises with my Patrons & Peers group, led by our resident Spiritual Director, Laura Heagy. She’s starting us off with Colossians 3:1-17. This whole month, we meditate on those same verses, breaking them up into sections if we want, swallowing them whole, reading and rereading, studying, dwelling, reciting, praying them over and again to see what God shows each of us.
This morning, I focused on just the first couple verses:
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
I had no big, earth-shattering thoughts here that I’m sharing…just musing on what others have no doubt mused on countless times. But maybe they’re musings you’d like to share in, so I thought I’d write about them here. 😉
Let’s start with the basics: we were raised with Christ. Christ was literally raised–from the dead, from the tomb, from within the ground. So we too have been raised, resurrected, lifted from the ground–to a new existence, a new place.
Why, then, do we look so often to the things of this earth? To money and power and food and clothes and things? We’re not buried here anymore. We shouldn’t be living under all this rubble.
We have been raised. RAISED. And so, our gazes, our attention needs to be raised too–to Christ. Our eyes should always be on Christ. And where is He? Above, in heaven.
If that’s where He is, then that’s where I should be looking. That’s where our attention needs to stay fixed.
Where are we looking today?
Hope you and your family are doing well now and enjoying your vacation. Somehow, I must have missed this spritual reading together. Is this only through Marco Polo?