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Set Your Table, Set Your Mind–Death and Memorials

January 3, 2017

I wonder who had just died when Paul wrote Colossians 3:2:

Set your mind on things above and not on things that are on the earth.

When someone we love dies, we set our minds down hard on earth and don’t let them up for a long time. How can we look up when laden down with grief and loss? How can God expect otherwise? I don’t think He does.

Lots of loss lately in the news. When you got the news of Carrie and Debbie last week, did you set your mind on things above or not? It can go one way or the other. Paul says it’s best to go the other–on things above–and death reminds us, even death of a celebrity. Debbie Reynolds was no stranger. We loved her in Singing inthe Rain and How the West Was Won. We celebrated Carrie in Star Wars and comebacks and books.

Nothing like a good tap dance to make you smile. Strong women. Now memorialized. It should set our minds on things above.

Joey Muslin met God in person last week. Joe and I hadn’t spoken in years. I knew him to be funny, considerate, godly and a friend when you needed a friend. I’m sad for his family’s sake; partings of the eternal variety are tough. I’m glad for his sake; partying of the eternal variety are unimaginably wonderful. His homegoing set my mind on things above. I couldn’t help it. He and Dad are playing ping pong – sorry, Joey–Dad’s still winning.

God knows we think about earth more, period. So He told us: set your mind on things above. God knows we think about heaven more readily when someone’s just got a front row seat.

Death and memorials reset the mind where it needs setting: above.

Set Your MInd on Things Above

Setting our table before guests arrive makes me feel ready.  I begin by clearing all the piles off the table. No room for plates and cups and cutlery with books and pens and receipts and jackets and purses.  Do you need a table clearing to get your mind set where it needs to be set?  I don’t want to waste time–no room at the table for pride or fear, resentments or grudges. Nope. Only the necessities. Set your table, set your mind on what God loves: people and His Son.

Set your mind on things above and not on things that are on the earth. Colossians 3:2

How will you do that in 2017? One year closer to the Year of our Lord. One breath closer to our last. Are you ready? If in doubt, drop me a line. Happy to share why I believe this earth is not all there is.

Will you set your mind on things above? A godly man gone home helps me place it where it needs to be placed. A mother and daughter in show business reminds us we need to ready–table cleared, set with God’s priorities.

January is the month of resolutions and goalsetting. I just bought a slew of planners at Target. Bit of a weakness, notebooks and pens. Colored pens. Colored gel pens.

Set your mind on things above

I’ll figure out which planner works best and take the rest back. Maybe.

In the meantime, a plan to “set my mind on things above” exceeds most goals. I may even write Colossians 3:2 in more than one planner, in more than one color pen. I need that kind of reminding.

Colossions 3 is a good place to begin. Every time you set your table, set your mind on things above. Let me know where your mind goes. At 64, mine’s going fast enough.

Prayer for your day:

Lord, God,

Help me set my mind where you want it: on things above. What in the world does that mean? Help me figure it out and do it for Your sake and mine. Any mind or life can go fast. Fast or slow, I want it where you want it: above. And please bless Joe’s family here below while he delights in things above.  Amen.

A free printable for your new planner:

Set Your MInd on Things Above

“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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  • Reply Rebekah K Jones January 4, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Sue, Good blog for what has happened this past week and getting ready to meet the Master in Heaven someday soon.

    • Reply Sue January 4, 2017 at 10:14 am

      Thanks, becky

  • Reply Mabel January 4, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Sue…..yes sharing in Joeys family loss, too….and also in the joy of the memory of his life. Just this morning in Max Lucado’s GRACE FOR THE MOMENT (second one), he says that we who know the Author of Life understand that death is just the Devil’s game of dead-man’s-bluff…..it’s a quote from his book GOD CAME NEAR….thanks for your sharing….love it!

    • Reply Sue January 4, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Thanks, Mabel. That’s a good line from Max!

    I do talk to myself (a lot) — but I’d love to hear what you might have to say HERE: