Set Your Mind!
"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set you hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things."
I am wearing a little rubber bracelet on my right wrist. It says, "Pray for the TAC PNC." This is to remind me to regularly pray for our Pastoral Nominating Committee as they labor through the process of choosing our next lead pastor here at Trinity Alliance. I actually was amazed at the number of times I catch myself looking at this band, and I think of the people (and I actually can remember their names!) who are serving. I say a little prayer of thanks, or of protection, or of wisdom - whatever need strikes me at the moment. At those moments of interaction with that little rubber bracelet, my mind is instantly set on the things above!
Then I catch myself wondering: "Is God really pleased with my little 'moments' with Him? Then I read this quote from Brother Lawrence that my wife actually posted on Facebook from her morning devotions:
“He does not ask much of us, merely a thought of Him from time to time, a little act of adoration, sometimes to ask for His grace, sometimes to offer Him your sufferings, at other times to thank Him for the graces, past and present, He has bestowed on you, in the midst of your troubles to take solace in Him as often as you can. Lift up your heart to Him during your meals and in company; the least little remembrance will always be the most pleasing to Him. One need not cry out very loudly; He is nearer to us than we think.”
― Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God
Amen! He is nearer to us than we often think! So think on the things above. Little moments are just as pleasing to Him as longer ones. Our Heavenly Father cares more about the heart of the matter than the text concerning the matter! And perhaps a little rubber wrist bracelet is just what is needed!