Teachable Moments

Midweek Meditation: Don’t Try Harder

The concept of not trying harder may seem foreign to us in a world that promotes being busy and striving to be successful at all costs. However, when we are seeking to set the Gospel pace in our life, we need to be more attuned to scripture’s dictates more so than that of the world. Colossians 3:2 tells us to “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” We need to increase our reliance upon God and decrease our reliance on ourselves. 

How do we seek God above all else daily?  What does this practically look like?  I suggest a 4 step process will help us to live out Colossians 3:2 today (and every day):

  1. Model it – Practice setting our minds on things above in ways that our families can watch.
    I.E.:  Thank God for giving you patience in a trying time, acknowledge His presence while sitting at a Red Stop Light, or hearing a news report, quote Romans 13:1 and pray for the government (“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” NIV)
  2. Pray it – Ask God to give you the mindset you need to rely upon him.
    I.E.:  Pray before a meal or bedtime or even in the car, asking God to help you think about Him and His word on a regular basis.  Let your children hear you ask God for His provision and presence and how you rely upon Him
  3. Meditate on it – Spend time dwelling on what it means to set our minds on things above.  
    I.E.:  Write Colossians 3:2 on a  3X5 card. Place it in places you can easily see throughout the day.  Stop every hour or so to read it, think about what is occupying your mind and returning to contemplating God – His person, His function or His purposes.  
  4. Rejoice – Praise the Lord that we don’t need to be caught up in the things of earth and can find peace in him. 
    I.E.:  Share your joy in how God met you today when you see your family. God says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7, NIV)  Let them know how God answered the promise of His presence when we ask Him.

When we rely on Him, we see His Word come to life in ours. Let us take time to meditate upon the things above today that we may come to rely ever more upon Him. 

Blessings to you, dear reader.  Fondly yours,  Elizabeth