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Scripture Passage: Colossians 3:2-4     

“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.”

Devotional Entry:  

Change has become the new normal and what was once ‘normal’ is now a thing of the past. The way we go through life may be drastically different from what we once knew, as physical distancing has become an overarching theme. This has triggered countless changes, from finding common necessities, having a job, working from home, homeschooling, caring for loved ones, attending church, the gym, being stuck at home alone or with ones you may not necessarily get along with. You get the idea. As a result of these changes, we may experience new, unfamiliar feelings. Not only are you likely to have feelings you haven’t experienced before, they could be heightened or very strong feelings. Are you aware of what you’re feeling? Is it frustration, hopelessness, stress, irritation, anger? Is it joy, love, peace and hope? If it’s the latter, just thank Him and you can stop reading… just kidding. But what do we do with these feelings?

God gave us all emotions and feelings. We see Jesus express His feelings throughout the Bible. We are allowed to have feelings. No matter what they are, they are valid. They deserve to be recognized. But our feelings are not to lead our actions. Our feelings are not to rule our lives. The feelings we have do not justify the actions we choose to take. They may explain our actions but it doesn’t make it okay to sin.

If we focus on Him, and set our minds on Him, we can put our feelings at the back of the train. The caboose is an integral part of the train, but it doesn’t dictate where the train goes. Look to the conductor for direction. Where is He going to take this train you’re on? But more importantly, who is the conductor? You’re right, the answer is always Jesus. As the scripture reads, set your mind on Him! Your life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ appears, you will be WITH Him and experience GLORY. Let Go and let God take you to Glory! I pray this challenge brings us (myself included) to focus on Him.

Challenge: We have nothing but time.  Take time to sit with God and ask Him these questions (they’re all equally important)…It doesn’t have to take long and you can do this EVERY morning and EVERY situation you may face.

  • Ask Him to reveal what you are feeling.
  • Why do I feel that way?
  • Is there something You want me to replace these feelings with?
  • How do you want me to respond? (what do you want me to do?)  Bonus scripture - James 2:17.