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“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.  For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:2-3).

Set your mind on things above.  How often do we get caught up in the things of this world which do not matter?  Leave them behind and look toward the prize of your salvation.  This does not mean that we are to be checked out in this age, but that we are never to lose sight of where we are going.  Be guided by the Lord and His goodness.  Know that in Him is the way, truth and life.  That which He has promised is sure.

Lord, guide me in the way You know I need to go and let me not take my eye off the goal.  Remind me that this world is a difficult place in which to live and that I will need to fight the good fight of faith.  In and through all things, lead me according to Your goodness to trust that all that needs to happen will happen and that all the difficulties I encounter are a part of Your plan.  Keep my eyes fixed upon You.

Lord Jesus, in You alone do I have hope.  This world is a mess and has been throughout the ages.  Remind me of this so that I do not lose heart.  You have given me Your heart, so let me cling to You as this life is lived in order that I may be guided in Your goodness to do that which is pleasing in Your sight.  Help me now and always, Lord, and remind me as often as I need it that You alone are my hope and stay.  Amen.