A young girl sitting in her 8th grade English class is gazing out the window while her teacher talks about subordinate clauses. She is present in the classroom , but her mind is elsewhere. She’s not hearing what her teacher is saying, instead she’s thinking about the smile her crush gave her at the bus stop a few hours ago. Her teacher calls on her and asks her to give her an example of a relative pronoun and she can’t. She is told to get her head out of the clouds.
To have one’s head in the clouds is generally frowned upon. People, especially teachers, don’t like it when you aren’t aware of what is going on around you because you are somewhere else in your head. It’s much better to be “down to earth” than it is to be “in the clouds”, at least according to the world’s definition of the two phrases. These verses makes me think differently,
Colossians 3:1-2 (NLT) Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.
According to that, the best place our heads could ever be is in the clouds!
Our physical bodies live in the world, but our minds should be set on things above. We have been assigned to this classroom, but it’s okay for us to gaze out the window and think about the things of heaven and tune out the things of the earth. In a spiritual sense we don’t want to be “down to earth” people. We don’t want to live at the level that the fallen world lives at, we want our heads to be in the clouds with our risen savior.
We shouldn’t ignore the things that are happening around us- abortion, sex trafficking, violence, racism, sickness, and loads of other messed up stuff, but our minds should not be fixed on those things. Our minds should be fixed on the One who sits at the right hand of God and the fact that He redeemed us from the curse of the law when He went to the cross and hung there for us. He didn’t redeem us from the curse so we would sit around and be consumed by it’s effects. It’s overwhelming to watch the 6:00 news and see all of the wickedness that takes place around us everyday, but if we set our sights on Jesus, we can walk in peace.
How can you set your sights on Jesus? Read His word instead of the newspaper when you wake up. Load your phone with podcasts from your favorite churches and listen to message on the way to work. Listen to praise and worship more than you listen to sports radio or Carrie Underwood. Spend more time talking to Him than checking your Facebook. Go to bed reading more of His word instead of watching re runs of “King Of The Hill.” It’s simple really, just value Him and things that draw you closer to Him more than you value the things of the world.
Isaiah 55:9 (VOICE) My thoughts and My ways are above and beyond you, just as heaven is far from your reach here on earth.
Take time today and everyday to get your head in the clouds. Focus more on the things of heaven than you do on the things of earth, because as you know, earth will not be your assigned classroom forever!
- I have been raised to new life with Christ.
- I’m encouraged to have my head in the clouds and my sights set on Jesus.
- I am redeemed from the curse of the law.
- Earth will not be my assigned classroom forever.
- It’s easier than it has ever been before to have praise and worship, your bible, and church messages with you to read/listen to wherever you go.
- My husband gave me the idea for this blog… and God gave the idea to him while he was running a few days ago.
- Lazy and relaxing Saturday morning.
- Josh picked up more fruit for us and washed it all… and I didn’t even have to ask about either.
- Josh voluntarily unloaded the dishwasher and loaded it back up with all the dishes that I had piled in the sink.
- I stayed in my pajamas until 5 minutes before time to leave for church this afternoon.
- I got to listen to a great message from Trinity Fellowship in Amarillo while I did my make up.
- Gateway’s North Fort Worth campus got to be in their new building for the first time tonight.
- Sweet worship at Gateway Frisco tonight.
- Love seeing the kids dressed in their “church” clothes every weekend.
- Dave Ramsey really encouraged me to start saving more seriously for retirement and the kid’s college during his message tonight.
- Pastor Robert returns next weekend!
- Chicken bacon ranch pasta waiting on us in the crock pot when we got home from church.
- Left over pudding and an Oreo from the boy’s worms and dirt for my after dinner snack.
- Beau and Gus playing hot wheels together before bed. Lots of “vrooming” coming from upstairs.
- Beau running around in just her little panties.
- Gus was excited about spinach pizza for lunch and side salad for dinner! I’m glad he likes his veggies!
- Josh just finished Ken Burn’s War documentary and was saying he wished my grandpa was still alive to he could ask him about his time at a tail gunner in the war. I remembered my mom gave me a DVD of an interview he did a few years before he died about his time serving. So we watched it tonight.
- So sweet to hear his voice.
- He enlisted for the war on his 18th birthday.
- He talked several times in the video through tears about how God protected him while he was there.
- God did protect him! And I’m hear because of that!
- He had on a classic Grandpa Wagner outfit for the interview. Little cardigan and button up shirt. Adorable.