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This  is a word from Pastor Timothy Burdick, Minister of Abilities for the First Church on the Net:

Obtaining an Aerial View of Life

"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" (Colossians 3:1-2)

Recently I wrote an article about how God wants us to live an elevated life. A life that transcends our needs and problems. The article was based on Colossians 3:1-2, our Scripture for today.

What led me to write this article may be more interesting than the article itself. I saw two main streams of Christianity and really felt that if they were trying to present a picture of God, then most of their audience would misjudge God's nature.

The first view sees everything negatively, and while Christ has redeemed us, life for them is nothing but toil and hardship.

The proponents of the second view, on the other hand, make it sound like everything a person touches will turn to gold. When conceiving of the article, I told myself that there had to be a balance. For while there are problems in life, I know that Jesus has come to overcome these. Also, since Christ came to die for our sins, we donít need to dwell on them any more because Scripture says that He has separated them from us, as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).

Because I am blind, I cannot see from the window seats of airplanes, but I remember what people have said about how things look much smaller from those windows high in the sky. Then and only then, the balance that I sought became apparent to me. God wants us to look down on our problems from His perspective. Since we have risen with Him, looking at our problems from His perspective will make them appear smaller, and actually they are smaller than they seem to be.

So from Scripture I came up with the following ideas: The importance of being still before God is something I struggle with, but in a culture so obsessed with noise, quiet is essential. Meditate on Godís Word and think less about your problems. Whichever you give the most time to will loom largest in your thoughts.

Encourage yourself in the Lord like David did. Whatever it is that you may be experiencing, ask God to help you see things in a new way. Give thanks for the good things and ask Him to help you see the blessings that may be very well have been hidden. When you feel defeated, tell God so, for He always rewards the honest seeker. I donít know what you are going through, but God does; so let Him lift you to new heights on eagle's wings, looking at things from HIS perspective.

Thank you for reading this, Pastor Timothy Burdick.

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