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Jan 4

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for showing me some ways to stay warmer, now that the weather has turned cold. Thank you for giving me HOPE, in that next week it is supposed to be warm enough to go for a few walks perhaps! Thank you for giving my husband some hope for work again, too. Please guide him carefully and faithfully, Lord. He has really seemed to be looking to you and accepting your peace a lot more lately, Lord. I pray you help him continue in that way. Keep working on us, Lord, we love you! 😀

 
Colossians 3:1-2 ERV

You were raised from death with Christ. So live for what is in heaven, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God.
Think only about what is up there, not what is here on earth.

Colossians 3:1-2 KJV

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

 
This is one case in which the King James is more accurate than the simple “Easy Read Version” — although that happens MUCH less frequently than I had ever expected! Focusing on the second verse, we see the radical difference between being told to THINK only about spiritual things, as opposed to setting our affections on them. That’s a pretty huge difference, to me. I think about things all day long, and in fact I must do so, in order to do my work, in order to WRITE about them. And I feel like I am doing what God has given me to do, in doing that work. So when I read this verse this morning, in the ERV, I figured something was “off”. I know that the Spirit and the Word agree, so I suspected there was something wrong with MAN’S interpretation, man’s word.

 
The original Greek word used here is phroneo = to exercise the mind, to have a feeling for or opinion of, or to interest oneself in. This is much more than just “thinking” — this involves your sustained attention and most likely your emotions as well. It reminds me of all the texts I’ve read that declare that we are our attention (as opposed to the more random passage of quickly evaporating thoughts and emotions, which are not really “us”) and that “what you focus on grows”. It also reminds me of several more verses, including laying up treasures in heaven rather than here on earth. And so many more… I better stop, lol.

 
This verse also brought to mind a time when someone told me “don’t be so spiritually minded that you’re no earthly good!”. That was TWENTY-some years ago…! I can’t imagine what she would think of me NOW! And that reminds me of the scene where Jesus scolded Peter, even calling him Satan, telling him he shouldn’t be caring about the things that PEOPLE think are important, but only the things GOD thinks is important. I wrote about that just two days ago… What IS it with my brain bringing up all these related verses all the sudden, lol?! 😛

 

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