Where to Set Your Mind
Well, today I was watching a free webcast, and this verse was shared:
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. (Col. 3:1-3 NIV)
I love this verse – it has always been a great reminder for me. There are times when my attention focuses far too much on this world. I shamefully admit there are times I watch the Real Housewives and wish I had some of what they have (not their problems, not their attitudes, not their anger or their dysfunctional friendships, just their stuff…and maybe their salaries).
First, if I truly set my mind on Him, I would not be able to watch the show…not only is the show pretty far from His plan, it also is taking time from my life that could be out to things He wants for me.
But…this is a blog about prayers for my son…heehee.
When I read this verse and think about my sweet son, it pulls, literally pulls, at my heart. It makes me actually feel a bit of a squeeze on my heart. Does my son set his mind on Jesus? With whom does he spend most of his time? Who or what does he talk about? What is his passion?
Sadly, if I am going to be brutally honest with you, the answer to all of those questions center on video games. He would literally spend all day and all night playing. His friends all play – they talk to each other on those little headsets. And, when we are in the car, that is basically what he discusses with me. Of course, I use the term “discuss” quite loosely. He blathers on and on, and I have absolutely no idea what he is saying – like it is a different language. I just smile and nod and say things like, “really?” and, “how cool!”
Yet, where is his love and passion for Jesus and His word? Why do we not discuss these things in the car? Could it be? Could I be almost afraid to talk to him about Jesus? Could I be afraid to tell him he must spend time, each day, with the Lord in prayer and study?
Why is this? Is it because the world has gotten a hold of my ear, bent it down, and told me that if I “push” Jesus on him he will resent it, and me?
Wow….getting super honest with you tonight!
So, my prayer, Lord, is this:
Thank you, Jesus, for dying for us – for me, for my son, for everyone. And thank you so much, Lord Jesus, that my son is saved. But Lord, I don’t want him to waste it, and I don’t want to be the one that allows him to waste it.
Lord, please create in my son such a hunger for you! Please shift his mind from video games and movies with things that blow up to YOU. Please wake him daily and remind him to open his Bible. Tell him to talk to you! Please Lord.
God, I so want him to have such a huge faith in You – I want him to focus his whole being on You in every way. Please, Lord, remind him how amazing Your gift is to us. Remind him that he was raised with Jesus, the very same Jesus that now sits in Heaven at the right hand of the God of the Universe. Let him ponder on the majesty of You, the holiness of You, and the unfathomable grace You give to us.
Please, my God, our Father, keep his mind on You and free from the things of this world. Lord, please push me to talk to him about You…to tell him about You…and to guide him in the ways he should spend time with You, talk with You, worship You, and continually thank You.
Lord, I am so glad that You know how weak I am. You know I will fail again and again. But Lord, I know when I ask You, my weakness is made strong. I know that I can bring all my failures, all my fears, all my insecurities as a mother to You, and You can not only make them right, You can make them remarkable.
Thank You, Lord. I praise You. In Jesus’ name. Amen