Three Things to Focus on Instead of Yourself
By Rick Warren
"Let heaven fill your thoughts; don’t spend your time worrying about things down here." Colossians 3:2 (TLB)
True freedom comes when you focus your mind on God’s truth. But how do you focus your mind on the right things so you can experience freedom? Here are three things you can do that will make the biggest difference in managing your mind.
First, think about Jesus. Hebrews 12:3 says, "Think about Jesus' example. He held on while wicked people were doing evil things to him. So do not get tired and stop trying" (NCV). What gives you the power to keep on going? You think about Jesus. Keep your mind on who the Bible says he is and the example he’s given you for how to live a life that pleases God.
Second, think about others. "Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds" (Hebrews 10:24 NCV). Most of the people around the world think about themselves first. So anybody who thinks more about others than they do about themselves is going to shine. When you choose to think about what others may need and how you can help, you’ll find that it’s hard to let your problems get you down.
Third, think about eternity. The Bible says in Colossians 3:2, "Let heaven fill your thoughts; don’t spend your time worrying about things down here" (TLB). Whatever you’re worried about today is probably not going to matter in five years, much less in eternity. Everything is put into perspective when you think about your life in light of eternity.
Whatever situation you’re facing today, stop and think about what you’re thinking about. Then choose to focus on Jesus, other people, and your home in eternity. It will take the focus off of yourself, which is how God intended for you to live. And it will transform your life!
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