I'm regularly amazed at how quickly I forget. How short my retention. How often I need to revisit the truth again and again...especially on a Monday.
What's on your mind today? Did you wake up thinking about the laundry that is piling up? Did your mind wander back to stagnant pools of worry and concern? How quickly these thoughts fill our minds, making little room for what we were made to think on:
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
- Colossians 3:1
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
- Philippians 4:8
There are many ways to set our minds on things above, and many thoughts that are praiseworthy, but none are as true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, or as worthy of praise as Christ himself. Is it any wonder, then, that the writer of Hebrews also reminds us to set our mind's eye on Christ as a means to escape weariness and discouragement:
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
- Hebrews 2:2
If your Monday mind is filled with anxious thoughts and endless tasks, think again. Set your mind and fix your eyes on the perfecter of our faith: the one who is seated (not standing!) and at rest. The finished work of the Cross is our peace today. We can anchor our harried minds to it today and be at rest.