So if you're serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that's where the action is. See things from his perspective. (Colossians 3:1-2, The Message)
Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. Ephesians 5:1-2 (The Message translation)
Sunday I laid down the challenge to start pursuing perspective, to let it trickle down into the detailed parts of my life, to live what I believe. I woke up this morning praying for perspective, praying that God would enable me to be heavenly minded.
The Bible makes it clear that a heavenly minded life will be marked by love. If I love extravagantly, my daily tasks will still get done--just with a better attitude. Managing my home will be a gift to my family and a way of thanking God for these gifts. Serving in these ministry roles outside my home is an opportunity to show God's love to others outside these walls...and to model for my children the importance of giving rather than only getting. The manner in which I handle the kiddos when they are difficult is an opportunity to teach them about the love of God. Getting down on the floor to engage in whatever imaginative game they are in the midst of is an expression of God's care about the little things in our life.
My question today is : How can I do each task before me in a manner which will mark it with love? I pray the Spirit will help me filter all (especially the mundane) through this attitude.