I know someone who seems incapable of seeing anything in a positive way. Cynicism is the air they breathe—both in and out. They even seem to think that their tainted outlook makes them wise.
But it doesn’t.
If you’re like the rest of humanity, this most recent chapter of life hasn’t been ideal. That’s why we need to be proactive about our perspective and path.
In Colossians 3:1 Paul writes: “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above…” He then talks about shunning sin and valuing virtue.
Later he says to “Remember my chains” (Colossians 4:18). That’s right. He was in prison when he wrote those words about setting our minds on things above! He walked the talk, even with chains rattling behind him.
Alice Herz-Sommer survived a Nazi concentration camp. She became a great pianist and lived until she was 110! “Life is beautiful,” she said. “You have to be thankful that we are living. Wherever you look is beauty. I know about the bad things, but I look for the good things.”*
Hope isn’t about denying darkness; it’s confidence that the light will outshine and outlast it.
Faith includes a commitment to both a perspective and a pathway. It is the perspective that God is in fact in control, and the pathway which honours his goodness.
Life can get tough. So be proactive about your perspective and path. Set your minds on things above.
–This Sunday I’m preaching on Psalm 116 and about avoiding the post-pandemic crash. You can watch here on Sunday at 10:01am EST on YouTube.
–“Conscience, the Puritans, and forming our minds today.” In my latest podcast episode, I was so pleased to talk with Richard Topping, professor and principal at VST. You can listen in here, or find The Pulse Podcast on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher.
–The Up Devotional is published 5 days a week (Monday-Friday) and returns on July 19, 2021.
–*Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce, World War II: Magic Tree House Fact Checker (New York: Random House, 2017), 119.
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.