Think Eternal, Not Earthly

I feel like most of the time, we get so caught up in society. We get attached to social media, school, money, what people think, how we look, etc. We end up stressed so easily, and at the end of the day, we feel weak. We spend so much time focused on all the earthly things of this world, but we forget to pay attention to the Heavenly things that Jesus wants us to strive for. We spend all this time trying to strive for earthly desires, but it’s never enough for us, only Jesus is.

Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. – Colossians 3:1-2

Lately, I get the feeling when I am in a group of friends, that I am always the one who is not glued to their phone. Honestly, I hate looking at my phone. I only get on it now for a few minutes, and it’s normally to respond to a text message. I am a people person, which means I want to sit down with you and talk, not text. However, most people now are glued to how many people liked their post or who’s laughing at something that put in a group chat.

Here’s the thing: Earthly things are great. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching youtube videos that stupid yet funny. I love going on social media. I love seeing celebrity drama every now and then. I love a lot of things this Earth offers. But Jesus doesn’t want us to be soaked up into all the worldly things.

Let’s change our view to eternal, not earthly!

It doesn’t matter what you made on that one test, or if that guy/girl likes you back. Jesus didn’t tell us to get 2,000 followers on Instagram. He didn’t say you have to go to college. He didn’t say that being a Christian is easy. Life is rough. We get stressed, frustrated, hurt, and the list goes on and on. The world we live in is messed up, so let’s fix it. Let’s change the social norm of be on your phone 24/7. Let’s change our addiction to social media to an addiction of Jesus.

Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders; make the most out of every opportunity. Let your conversations be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. – Colossians 4:5-6

In the end, all that matters is how you loved others, how you served God, and your relationship with Our Savior. God has your life planned for you. Your life is in His hands. He loves you and wants the best for you. He isn’t going to let it all fall apart. Trust Him and don’t stress yourself about the worldly things.

Love always,

Claire

Study. Work. Plan. Repeat.

Does life ever feel overwhelming some times?  Like there are so many things you have to do all in one day and you have to have like five cups of coffee to get through it all. Or you have like three tests all in one week and you study and study for them but you still don’t feel confident about any of it. Life sometimes seems to come at us all of the sudden. We get so caught up in our worldly events that go on throughout our lives and we lean on our friends, family, and even ourselves for help when really we need to cast it all on God. No, I’m not saying you can’t talk to your friends and family about your problems or your life, but we seem to forget that we need talk to God about it too.

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:17.

We sometimes forget that He is there and He wants to talk to you about your life and what all is going on in it. He wants you to go to Him when you are stressed or overwhelmed or discouraged because He wants to have an open relationship with you.

In Philippians 4:6, it says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

In this verse it says “in every situation” meaning in every situation when you are worried, stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, etc., go to Him through prayer. Let Him help you. Let Him show you that you can find peace in the trouble times and that in the end, it is all going to work out the way He wants it to. We have to keep in mind that the Lord has so much more for us in store. He has a plan and He always has that plan for us in constant motion. Every decision and every moment you make in your life is leading to that plan. We have to have faith in Him and not get discouraged by what happens in this life. And that is so much easier said than done. Some days the littlest things can get you down, but you have to rely and lean on Him because He should be the most important role model and person in your life.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27